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The darkness behind me

· The essay ·

In 1993 in Arkansas, Jason Baldwin, Jessie Misskelley and Damien Echols were arrested on charges of killing three children. In the collective hysteria, including false testimony and non-existent evidence, Baldwin and Misskelley are condemned to serving life sentences, Echols to the death penalty. It will take a little less than twenty years because their total innocence is recognized . In the book The darkness behind me (Einaudi , 2013 ) Damien Echols tells in first person his life and the folly of those eighteen years in prison as an innocent man. To save him, two women. Lorri, known and married while incarcerated, body and soul of the movement of public opinion that demanded the revision of the process. And most importantly, his grandmother: it is the memories of  his childhood spent beside her, the warmth and the teachings received from her that enabled this young man not to go crazy. (@ GiuliGaleotti)

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