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.