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Almost Home
     

Almost Home

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by Damien Echols
 
Almost Home is a message to you from a faraway place. It is a message from a 12-foot by 9-foot cell in a cinderblock building surrounded by coils of razor wire in the middle of a dirt field in Arkansas. 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

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Almost Home is a message to you from a faraway place. It is a message from a 12-foot by 9-foot cell in a cinderblock building surrounded by coils of razor wire in the middle of a dirt field in Arkansas. 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 known 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.

Almost Home is the product of that self-discipline, and in it you will meet someone who has survived an ordeal many of us would find impossible to live through. 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780595357017
Publisher:
iUniverse, Incorporated
Publication date:
06/03/2005
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
172
Product dimensions:
0.40(w) x 6.00(h) x 9.00(d)

Meet the Author

Damien Echols was born in 1974 and grew up in Mississippi, Tennessee, Maryland, Oregon, and Arkansas. At age eighteen, he was arrested along with Jason Baldwin and Jessie Miskelley and charged with the deaths of three boys, now known as the Robin Hood Hill murders, in West Memphis, Arkansas. Echols received a death sentence and spent almost eighteen years on Death Row, until he, Baldwin, and Misskelley were released in 2011.

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Almost Home 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
kkoach More than 1 year ago
Great book. I am so happy to be able to say that Damien, Jason and Jessie are all free now. They are all home where they belong.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Must read, the true side to this conviction, and something i know for sure is he's innocent. Damien was part of the second Salem Whitch trial, They took what they didn't understand and subject it as evil and put it against him and the two other boys convicted for the crime. A new knowns fact is, Byers is innocent and they have new DNA that will be used in trial sometime this year. Lets pray,hope him luck, hope for the best, He'll be home soon.
Guest More than 1 year ago
You need to read this book! I would recommend reading Devils Knot first. Also you should watch Paradise Lost 1 and Paradise Lost 2. This book is written from a man named Damien who I believe is innocent and is on death row please look into the books and dvds and make your own opinion. My opinion is that Christopher Byers step father Mark Byers killed the three boys and his wife. Make your own opinion though....
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is amazing. I watch the first Paradise lost in an american government class and got really interested in the west memphis three. After reading this book I do truly believe that these men are innocent. I think if this became a more known topic that these men could get the new trial they need and deserve. After reading Almost Home you really get a true sense of Damien Echols whole life. It is interesting learning about these boys growing up together knowing where they are now. I think without the celebrities who care about this case, it would just be swept under the rug. Free the west memphis three!
Danielle91 More than 1 year ago
Damien is my hero. I have followed their story for years. Nothing has made me happier than their freedom.
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I thought this book was great. I can really relate to Damien on being a misfit and what not. I hope people can appreciate this book and support the WM3.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I really don't know if Damien was the mastermind of THE heinous crime or not, I sure hope not. But one thing is clear from reading Echols' book is that he has always been and continues to be a narcissist seeking attention in any way he can get it. His acknowledgement that being convicted may well be the best thing that happened to him is a clear revelation of that fact. Having movies made and books written about him, personal relationships with celebrities, a groupie wife, all of these things would never have come his way if he had not been convicted. From reading his memoirs it is clear that had his life continued without a murder trial, he would be living sad and unhappy life in an Arkansas trailer park with a woman he didn't love and a child he didn't want on a monthly mental disability check. I would like to believe that Echols' is simply a rebellious suburban Goth victimized by a Southern redneck justice system, it would expose the truly sad state of our justice system. Unfortunately Almost Home does not make a convincing case for it, leaving out so many important questions that it leaves you wondering if his California attorneys edited it for him. I'm sorry, but I just can't drink the Kool-Aid that comes attached with this book.