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Almost Home: My Life Story

It was written by a young man named Damien Echols and it chronicles his life and his experiences in a way that clearly illuminates him, not as a monster, but as a human b “Almost Home” is a message to damin from a faraway place. It was written by a young man named Damien Echols and it chronicles his life and his experiences in a way that clearly illuminates him, not as a monster, but as a human being. For over 10 years Damien has been an inmate on death row for a crime he did not commit.

He, along with Jason Baldwin and Jessie Misskelley have become hime as The West Memphis Three, and though the story of their arrest and conviction is widely known, most people don’t know the real people behind the sound bites and the TV news segment clips.

Damien has spent much of his time behind bars diligently maintaining his integrity and his sanity by writing.

There are a few who still believe that Damien is a devil-worshipping child killer, but as time passes and more facts rise to the surface, it becomes even more clear that he is the victim of a peculiar species of hysteria. Read this book and know the truth about him. It is an urgent message from death row; the whole story of who Damien Echols really is. Paperbackpages.

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I am not seeing a Kindle version of this. Anyone know if there ever will be? See 1 question about Almost Home…. Lists with This Book. This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Mar 04, Neja rated it it was amazing Shelves: I am following The west Memphis case for years now. I have seen 4 documentaries about this case and it just homd me so sad.

The amount of injustice, hate, unfairness I am happy for all three men, that they did get their freedom but it’s 18 years too late and sadly, they are still labeled as guilty. It’s so uncredibly sad how everyone in Damien’s life failed him I loveeeed the way he described his wife, the I am following The west Memphis case for years now. I loveeeed the way he described his wife, the love he feels for her and their relationship.

They were meant to be. He really has a writing talent.

Mar 31, Patty rated it it was amazing Recommended to Patty by: I rate this book 5 stars, not necessarily due to its being a literary wonder, but because of its subject matter. It is an autobiography by a young man Damien Echols currently sitting on death row in an Arkansas prison for crimes he did not commit. In three young boys were brutally murdered in West Memphis, Arkansas. Damien Echols was one of three teenagers who were convicted of the murders, although there was no physical evidence connecting them to the crime.

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The convictions of Damien, Je I rate this book 5 stars, not necessarily due to its being a literary wonder, but nome of its subject matter. This autobiography is appropriately titled Volume One. I am one reader who is eagerly awaiting Volume Two! To learn more about and follow the legal process to free the WM3, go to: Apr 13, Lide rated it liked it.

Having followed the story of the West Memphis Three for many years I was interested in reading Echols own words and learning more about his life firsthand.

What I found was an interesting read that gave me a glimpse of what it was like for someone going into the prison system at such a young age.

If you are looking for a literary masterpiece this is not the book for you, understandably Echols has been stunted storu almost bome possible ways.

The word “magick” is found on almost every page and there Having followed the story of the West Memphis Three for many years I was interested in reading Echols own words and learning more about his life firsthand. The word “magick” is found on almost every page and there were other things that I found distracting at times. I found Almost Home to be a sad book overall, Echols has no concept of what it’s like to live as a free adult.

That is deeply reflected in bome writing and I say that in the nicest amlost, as I don’t blame him. Hopefully justice will soon be had for the Xtory as I feel Echols has much to offer society, he just needs to be able to live as a free man and come into his own.

Sep 09, Cheryl rated it it was amazing. I devoured this book from the moment I began reading it. I have known about this case since I was 15 years old i’m 31 now and I have followed it closely. I can say that this book, at times, made me feel a lot of different emotions from fury, shock, sadness but also it made m I devoured this book from the moment I began reading it.

One thing he says in the book he that he has taught himself to be a good writer and that’s exactly what it is, I know for sure if he published daimen things i’d read them, I found his writing to be intelligent, honest, clever and funny.

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Mar 13, Amy Lora rated it it was amazing. He was me at that age. He has spent 18 years in jail for a crime he’s not guilty of. I support the West Memphis 3. Sep 21, Xanthi rated it really liked it. I wanted to read this book before I read Damien Echols 2nd autobiography “Life after Death”, which I intend on reading very soon. Despite this book being full of typos, this book was a riveting read. I realized that I am just 4 years older than Damien, so as I read this book, I reflected on where I was and what my life was like at the same time frame as he is describing his childhood and teen years.

We both come from first world countries, living in dysfunctional homes, in poor areas. His level o I wanted to read this book before I read Damien Echols 2nd autobiography “Life after Death”, which I intend on reading very soon. His level of poverty, however, made my mind boggle. It was a level that went far, far beyond my experiences and made me wonder how it could be in a nation as rich as the United States?

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Then there was the level of religious fear and small mindedness of people against someone who looked different.

Reading his take on living in the South in the 80’s and 90’s and being into heavy metal music, wearing black, and having gothic leanings as I do and how people in his town police especially reacted to that, just blows my mind.

This was, after all, the ‘s and not the s. This book was definitely an eye opener and it was fascinating to read about who he is as a person and where he came from, how he coped on death row for 11 years when this book was writtenwith the specter of execution hanging over his echools.

I looked forward to reading next book, which I am told is very well written, intelligent, and powerful. Feb 11, Leticia rated it liked it Shelves: I have long known the story of the West Memphis Three.

One of my friends was deeply into the cause, and, some years ago, ran a film night at Adelaide’s Mercury Cinemas, to raise money to help their legal battles.

She did a fantastic job; but more to the point, that was the first time I had ever seen anything much about the story. This book is a simple, passionate, peaceful autobiography by Damien Echols, writing about his version of events. It details his life up to the point where he was arreste I have long known the story of the West Memphis Three.

It details his life up to the point where he was arrested, and after that only covers the aspects of his life that he wished to bring to the world. As he pointed out in the book, the story of the WM3 had already been more than ably covered by other books and documentaries. The beauty of eamien novel lies in its simplicity. It reads like a letter, which in many ways is how it was written. You come to know Damien very personally, and as far as much autobiography goes, is devoid of ego. It is rare to read a text like this, and I suspect it has something to do with his perspective lifs the world after devoting himself to studies such as Buddhism, Zen, and many other philosophies.

I won’t go into the detail, but it was this section of the work in which much of the story really drew me in. I’m a sucker for that stuff. As always, the errors, ,ife, the textual, unnecessary errors!! Fuuck me drunk, I fear I will never read another beautifully edited book in my life.

I hope I’m wrong. Jul 10, Kate rated it it was amazing.

Free the West Memphis Three. Nov 15, Aurora Dimitre rated it it was amazing Shelves: And I think they’re innocent. I mean, I probably wouldn’t be giving Damien Echols five stars on Goodreads if I thought this book was a pack of lies.

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