From one of the greatest legal injustices of our time sprang one of the most unlikely and unforgettable love stories. Damien Echols was just eighteen years old when he was condemned to death for a crime he didn t commit. His case that of the infamous West Memphis Three gained notoriety after a documentary, "Paradise Lost," exposed the biased nature of the trial and Echols as the precocious, charming and tragic figure at its center. Lorri Davis was a landscape architect living in New York City when she surreptitiously wandered into a showing of the film, and she left forever changed. She, too, was from the South, accustomed to being the outsider in a small town. She saw much of herself in Echols, understood how he could easily have been swept up in a witch hunt, and she couldn t get him out of her head. So she wrote him a letter and when it arrived in Echols's penitentiary cell in April 1996, hers were some of the first kind words of support he heard.
Over the course of a remarkable sixteen-year correspondence, Echols and Davis grew to know each other, fall in love, and marry all without ever being able to touch each other freely or be alone together. In "Yours for Eternity," their extraordinary letters provide a singular portrait of their marriage, from the first, heady days of discovery to the final, painful months before Echols's release. Through postscripts and footnotes, Echols and Davis describe how they overcame the enormous challenges and heartbreaks throughout the years personal setbacks, legal complications, and much more. "Yours for Eternity" reveals a relationship unfolding in the most exceptional of circumstances. Powerful and incredibly intimate, it is a modern-day love story for the ages.
About the Author
Born in 1974, Damien Echols grew up in Mississippi, Tennessee, Maryland, Oregon, Texas, Louisiana, and Arkansas. At the age of eighteen, he was wrongfully convicted of murder, along with Jason Baldwin and Jessie Misskelley, Jr., thereafter known as the West Memphis Three. Echols received a death sentence and spent almost eighteen years on death row until he, Baldwin, and Misskelley were released in 2011. The WM3 have been the subject of Paradise Lost, a three-part documentary series produced by HBO, and West of Memphis, a documentary produced by Peter Jackson and Fran Walsh. Echols is the author of the New York Times best-selling memoir Life After Death, a self-published memoir, Almost Home, and most recently, Yours For Eternity. He lives in New York City with his wife, Lorri Davis.
Lorri Davis was born and raised in West Virginia. She met Damien Echols in 1996 and they were married in a Buddhist ceremony at Tucker Maximum Security Unit in Tucker, Arkansas, in 1999. A landscape architect by training, she worked in England and New York City until relocating to Little Rock, Arkansas, in 1998. For more than a decade, Davis spearheaded a full-time effort towards Echols s release from prison, which encompassed all aspects of the legal case and forensic investigation. She was instrumental in raising funds for the defense and served as producer (with Echols) of West of Memphis. With Echols, she is the author orYours for Eternity.Davis and Echols live in New York City.