Damien Echols, one of the three teenagers known as the “West Memphis Three,” is writing a book about spending 18 years in prison for a crime he says he did not commit.
In the memoir, which is slated for publication from Penguin imprint Blue Rider Press in September 2012, Echols will talk about his experience.
The release explains more about the book: “The as-yet untitled book will be Echols’ account of the trial proceedings and eighteen years spent on death row, including his personal and public quest for exoneration, his prison diaries, and accounts of support from his wife and friends including Eddie Vedder and Pearl Jam, filmmakers Peter Jackson and Fran Walsh, Johnny Depp, Natalie Maines, Henry Rollins and others.”
The group has been the subject of many books and films, including Echols’ 2005 book Almost Home: My Life Story Vol 1. For more information on the case, check out our list of West Memphis Three Background Reading.