Friday, June 27, 2014, 7:30 – 8:45pm

Damien Echols and Lorri Davis: Keeping Love Alive Behind Bars

Downstairs at Town Hall; enter on Seneca Street. $5.

Damien Echols and Lorri Davis
Arts & Culture, Media Library

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When New York architect Lorri Davis watched a documentary about the infamous “West Memphis Three,” her life was forever changed. It was 1996, two years after Damien Echols, Jason Baldwin, and Jessie Misskelley were convicted of murdering three young boys in Arkansas. Davis began writing letters to Echols while he was on death row, and the couple soon fell in love. They’ll share the story of their relationship, what it takes to sustain a marriage behind bars, and give insight into why they “never gave up” despite years of setbacks and disappointments. Yours for Eternity: A Love Story on Death Row chronicles their first days of letter writing, 1999 wedding vows behind bars, numerous heartbreaks, and Davis’ efforts to secure Echols’ eventual release in 2011. Consisting of letters from their 15-year correspondence, Yours for Eternity tells the tale of the unlikely love story which blossomed out of this “modern-day witch hunt.” Echols and Davis live in New York City and advocate for justice system reforms nationally.

Presented by: Town Hall and Elliott Bay Book Company, as part of the Arts & Culture series. Sponsored by City Arts.
Learn more: Read an account of the West Memphis Three trials.

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15 Comments

  1. Posted June 27, 2014 at 2:43 pm | Permalink

    Shame on you for supporting a convicted and confessed murderer. You are supporting a guy who was convicted of murdering 3 little boys then confessing to his crimes to get out of prison. You are helping him to make money off of the backs of 3 dead children. You should be ashamed.

    • Susan Bailey
      Posted June 27, 2014 at 5:32 pm | Permalink

      You obviously aren’t fully aware of the situation. I invite you to watch the documentaries.

    • Sherie Amirhekmat
      Posted June 28, 2014 at 1:50 pm | Permalink

      Shame on yourself Sam Beeghly, who is not familier with a case that the whole world is skaked by its unjustice. It was not only three families but six families suffered, and 3 innocent teen-agers inprisoned in 18 years, and Damien is more harmless then you. Sham on people like you who do not permit the world change the criminal system of your country. Sham on people like you!

  2. Johnny McLain
    Posted June 27, 2014 at 3:29 pm | Permalink

    It is hard to believe that you would support a convicted and confessed child killer. What is the attraction of a to wanting to help him make money from his hideous crimes. It was one but three little boys he helped kill. Did you even care what they did to those little boys. The way they tortured them before they killed them? Maybe you need to instead of glorifying him.

    • Sherie Amirhekmat
      Posted June 28, 2014 at 1:54 pm | Permalink

      Shame on people like you who can not follow the system of unjustice in your country. There are 100 s of articlle anf films and documentaries and the last DNA testing and so on, that has shown his innicent. Shame on people without empaty, and those who just live in their own world, and not familier with what happens to the other hman beings on this evil world. You just help the world to stay this evil and unjustice. SHAME ON YOU!!!

  3. Scott
    Posted June 27, 2014 at 4:10 pm | Permalink

    Sam Beeghley, you are an ignorant fool who obviously isn’t familiar with the case. Your uninformed comments are ridiculous and should be kept to yourself. Spend a little time reading about the events, and the injustice that was handed down to these boys, and you’ll realize that you should be embarrassed by your post.

    • Jenni
      Posted June 27, 2014 at 5:29 pm | Permalink

      Scott,

      I’m a little baffled that people still think what the above person thinks. I think if they actually knew the case they would realize how incredibly ignorant and foolish they sound. Man, no wonder Jessie stays low key. Frightening ignorance. They must google his name, glance at the Wikipedia and then make a judgement.

    • Missus M
      Posted June 27, 2014 at 7:57 pm | Permalink

      Scott, admittedly a few “non” supporters have the belief of guilt because they have been living under a rock since 1994, and don’t know anything more about the case other than the original conviction. However, the vast majority of “non’ supporters are in fact OVER familiar with the case. Instead of just watching a couple of documentries, they have poured over case records and evidence, and come to the guilty conclusion after a great deal of research. Don’t assume because they have a different view to you that they are not informed. I’m sure Sam does not feel an ounce of embarressment, nor should he.

  4. Karen Anon
    Posted June 27, 2014 at 5:00 pm | Permalink

    Scott, Sam Beeghley is 100% correct. Have YOU read up on the case? Damien lied, confessed and even bragged about his crime at the time, Jason admitted guilt too, but not as often or as convincingly as Jessie did in his MULTIPLE confessions.

  5. Posted June 27, 2014 at 6:12 pm | Permalink

    Don’t believe the act — Lorri Davis loves Damien Echols BECAUSE he’s a sadistic child-killer, and she damn well knows it. Read the truth about these deranged, two-faced monsters at http://www.westmemphisthreefacts.com

  6. Darren Prosser
    Posted June 27, 2014 at 7:14 pm | Permalink

    Don’t believe the murder groupies slanted portrayed of Echols. He is guilty as sin. These three were not railroaded because they wore black. Go to Callahan8 and read the actual case files. Miskelley confessed at least six times, once to his own lawyer with his attorney literally begging him not to. Or look into the fibers found on the boys consistent with fibers found at Baldwin’s residence. Or the blue candle wax found on one of the boys consistent with a blue candle from Echoks’ bedroom at his trailer. Or how Damien’s former girlfriend stated he wished to have a child and sacrifice it. They are disgusting child killers who pled guilty while having the best lawyers in the world! In a word:GUILTY!

  7. Darren Prosser
    Posted June 27, 2014 at 7:22 pm | Permalink

    Question, why can’t Echols, Miskelley, or Baldwin sue any of us ( meaning those who are not murder groupies or who have not drank the kool- aid of the WM3 public relations machine)? After all, what we are stating is some pretty strong stuff. Oh, that’s right, they pled guilty a second time at their Alford plea hearing. Guilty, a second time, with a unprecedented legal war chest! There are plenty of innocent people railroaded by the system to care about. These three and these two with their disgusting book are not it! And you all should be ashamed for hosting this monster!

  8. penny
    Posted June 28, 2014 at 5:14 am | Permalink

    Profiting from crime!!!!!! Shame on you…Guilty!

  9. Erika
    Posted June 28, 2014 at 2:21 pm | Permalink

    Amen, Scott. Uninformed people making hateful comments. Damien was almost killed because of the ignorance of a town and police department. A 20th century witch hunt. Watch the final documentary.
    There is a serial child rapist/murderer still out there getting away with it all, undiscovered.

  10. Brian
    Posted June 29, 2014 at 11:56 am | Permalink

    I would hardly call Sam a fool. I was once a supporter, but there is much more to this story than Paradise Lost and West of Memphis. I suggest that anyone interested in hearing the other side of this story check out the West Memphis Three Civil discussion page on Facebook and even take a look at the case files available at http://www.callahan.8K.com There, you can find all of the investigation files as well as transcripts of all three of Jessie Miskelley’s confessions.
    Personally, I believe that Damien has pulled off one of the biggest frauds in history. Thanks mostly to unlimited funding from naive celebrities, who think their star status makes them forensic experts.

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