Lessons in journalism courtesy of triple child killer Damien Echols #2

‘West Memphis Three’ member joins anti-death penalty rally at UNH:

Damien Echols along with his douche goggles and douche beard with their lovely wife, The Joker.

Damien Echols along with his douche goggles and douche beard with their lovely wife, The Joker.

Ah, those picture captions just keep getting longer don’t they?

Anyway triple convicted child killer Damien Echols had his hype machine out at the University of New Hampshire recently for an anti-death penalty rally. Let’s see how the local media handled it…

Following the small rally, hundreds of students gathered in the Memorial Union Building to hear from Damien Echols, one of the infamous “West Memphis Three” wrongfully convicted of the murder of three 8-year-old boys in Arkansas in 1993.

Not even close. And they continue their dumbfuckery. Yes, I know that’s not a real word.

Echols spent 18 years and 76 days in prison, most of that time on death row, before being released in 2011 under an unusual plea deal that essentially lets him and the other two men convicted maintain their innocence while pleading guilty.

Except they weren’t and it doesn’t. Sigh. Let’s go through this again people.

The Alford Plea that allowed them to walk free states that the defendants admit that sufficient evidence exists with which the prosecution could likely convince a judge or jury to find the defendant guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. Sounds like a guilty plea to me.

Echols and his wife of about 15 years, Lorri Davis, told the story of his arrest and imprisonment, of the brutal prison conditions, beatings, isolation and frustration at the injustices in the criminal justice system.

Christ, what a pair of drama queens. The so-called brutal prison conditions and beatings have never been proven and apparently he liked the isolation because it gives him an excuse to wear his sunglasses indoors at all times.

They talked of the failures on the parts of police and prosecutors to introduce all of the evidence or to admit when they were wrong.

I’ve been noticing that they’re playing it cool when it comes to mentioning the so-called DNA evidence that they think points to another man. Afraid of a lawsuit are we?

Davis said she felt compelled to help Echols after seeing an HBO documentary about his case made in 1996. Two years later she moved from New York City to Arkansas.

Which is not in the least bit crazy.

They ended up gaining the support of some big names, including actor Johnny Depp, musician Eddie Vedder of Pearl Jam and famed filmmakers Peter Jackson and Fran Walsh.

Just because you’re a celebrity doesn’t mean you’re smart.

In the end, Echols had a team of about 14 lawyers on the case, in addition to investigators and forensic science experts and the Arkansas Supreme Court ruled that a new trial should be held, leading to the plea agreement which precludes Echols from ever seeking compensation from the state for his wrongful conviction.

That’s just flat out wrong. A new trial was never ordered. It was a hearing to see if the ‘DNA evidence’ would grant them a new trial. They pleaded guilty before the hearing could take place.

Echols said he completely lost faith in the justice system early on, but he never lost faith in people and shares his story in the hope of empowering others to create change.

Faith in people or suckers?

When I first read this article I was going to give them a pass because I thought it was the UNH student paper. Then I discovered that it’s Manchester’s newspaper. Wow, I guess research is a thing not done at newspapers anymore.

Amateur Professor Trench gives this article a big ol’ F. Class dismissed.

  • Stu

    Trench, you kind of suck but manage to make sense at times.

  • http://trenchreynolds.com/ Trench Reynolds

    Uh…thanks?

  • Erika Barbara

    Why is Lorri Davis posing like that? These two just give me the creeps and a new book about “their love” is being published this year. Creepy!

  • 1PrettyPitBull

    Why don’t you show the pic to your aunt and ask her?

  • Anne

    You really seem to hate this guy with a passion. I understand that, but, with all due respect, I think you should reconsider calling him a child killer every chance you get. If you take a close look at the case it becomes obvious that he & the other 2 guys are innocent. And I don’t mean the documentaries or the TV shows, but the public files regarding the case. He may be a terrible, obnoxious, drama queen, etc kind of person, but that doesn`t make him a killer. And he wants the case reopened, there’s a support list on change.org for that. A guilty man would just let it be and enjoy his freedom. I didn’t like the finger pointing at Hobbs, they do the same thing that was done to them back in 1994.
    Your articles are interesting and your writing is good, I think you could use that in a more positive manner. It’s just a suggestion, I apologize if you find it unwelcome. Thanks. Best wishes, Anne

  • http://trenchreynolds.com/ Trench Reynolds

    Thank you for the comment Anne.

    My hate isn’t just solely reserved for Echols as I hate any killer that’s escaped justice and in my opinion that’s exactly what he did. I feel that Echols keeps pushing the exoneration concept because it keeps his name out there and he obviously loves the spotlight.

  • the damn devil

    the evidence doesn’t support your opinion trench…not in the least. Lets be real this is an opinion…the kind I might add that resulted in his rights being violated in the first place. Frankly I am surprised you still find a debate to be had…most of the country pretty much agrees they are innocent now…even some of the parents who originally wanted them dead. It is what it is…and all your negative “claims” dont change hard facts.

  • http://trenchreynolds.com/ Trench Reynolds

    By most of the country I think you mean most of the internet and while that may be true the internet is not reflective of society as a whole. If that were the case weed would be legal everywhere, Ron Paul would be president and Firefly would still be on the air.

    You may want to step out of the WM3 echo chamber once in a while.

  • beesmommie3

    MOST of the country? Hardly. Just the brainwashed few like you and that child killer’s wife.

  • beesmommie3

    @Anne, what part of pleading guilty do you not understand?

  • T-Rog

    “…the kind I might add that resulted in his rights being violated in the first place.”
    He was read his rights, appointed an attorney, tried, and convicted by a jury. I’m not sure which rights you’re claiming were violated.

    “…even some of the parents who originally wanted them dead.”

    Byers and Pam Hicks (Hobbs) believe they’re innocent.

    Terry Hobbs (obviously), Steven Branch, Sr., Todd Moore, and Dana Moore believe they’re guilty. I’ve never read anything where Melissa Byers believed in their innocence before she died.

  • Guest

    why don’t you stop stalking me online.