The Wiccan community should not hold up Damien Echols as an icon

Damien Echols (Today I'll be Wiccan, then tomorrow Buddhist. Maybe Hasidic Jew next.)

Damien Echols (Today I’ll be Wiccan, then tomorrow Buddhist. Maybe Hasidic Jew next.)

Recently there was a triple homicide in Florida that some local Barney Fife called a ‘Wiccan Ritual Killing’. More than likely the doughnut eater wouldn’t recognize anything Wicca if it bit him in the ass. Not surprisingly some in the Wiccan community had a problem with this. That’s totally understandable. They probably have every right to be.

One of those who took issue were Peg Aloi who writes a blog called The Witching Hour. I have no problem with Ms. Aloi personally. She is well within her right to stand up for her beliefs and educate those who may be ignorant about them. What I do take issue with is when Ms. Aloi compared this case to the West Memphis 3.

Ms. Aloi wrote in this blog post

Indeed, for those unfamiliar with the West Memphis Three case, suffice it to say that three innocent young men were sent to prison for eighteen years after being convicted of a grisly triple murder of three boys in Arkansas in 1993. The murders were characterized as “cult killings” by local police, and a bogus “cult crime expert” gave ridiculous testimony that nevertheless painted supposed “ringleader” Damien Echols (a smart, sensitive 18 year old outcast who was dabbling in Wicca and other aspects of the occult at the time; he is now a practicing Buddhist and has been for a number of years) as a monster who had committed an act of ritual human sacrifice. The Witches’ Voice website covered the case in detail for years. The Three were released in 2011, and have been truing to rebuild their lives; the killer remains at large, although the case is still being investigated and one victim’s stepfather is the prime suspect.

First off the three were never innocent. They were all convicted and they were released on Alford pleas which as I’ve discussed before is still a guilty plea. Secondly the so-called bogus cult expert also holds several criminology and other degrees from brick and mortar universities and has studied under some of the country’s most decorated police investigators. The case is officially closed as far as law enforcement on any level is concerned and the victim’s stepfather is not a prime suspect as I previously stated the investigation is officially closed. But that’s not what I wanted to talk about.

Damien Echols was never Wiccan in my opinion and the Wiccan and Pagan communities do themselves a disservice by holding him up as one of their own. Echols would use terms like Wiccan or Satanic to make him look like some kind of counterculture badass in the Bible Belt of Arkansas. I don’t know too many Wiccans that stomp dogs to death. I may not be the most prolific student of the ways of Wicca but I believe this goes against its tenets of nature, Hell (no pun intended), even Satanists say in the 10th Satanic Rule of the Earth “Do not kill non-human animals unless you are attacked or for your food.” Ironically the 9th Rule states “Do not harm little children.” but I’ll let that one go for now.

As I have said before the killings were not occult killings but cult killings, the cult of Damien Echols, much like in the mold of Charles Manson. By all accounts of his mental history Echols has always leaned towards violent psychopathy and the three true victims, Steve Branch, Michael Moore, and Christopher Byers, were his opportunity to make a name for himself. He even has a name for his fans/followers as he calls them Chupacabras like he’s in some kind of band. That seems very cult-like to me. Very reminiscent of David Koresh.

He uses Wicca as an excuse for his actions and by holding him up as a persecuted Wiccan martyr you’re doing a grave disservice to the Wiccan community at large.

I bear no vitriol or ill-will towards Ms. Aloi and I don’t want my readers to either. I’m just trying to point out discrepancies much like she did to the media.

We get letters: We are so convinced that Terry Hobbs is innocent?

The real and forgotten victims of the WM3

The real and forgotten victims of the WM3

I received the following e-mail from Jason. Jason says…

We are so convinced that Terry Hobbs is innocent? Furthermore, what has led you to believe that WM3 is guilty? People have recanted their comments, Jesse Misskelley was found to have an alibi, as were Damian Echols and Jason Baldwin. Jesse Misskelley’s confession was found to be coerced with many of the details fed to him by the police. Your comments are not compelling at all. I’m really thinking that you’re either Terry Hobbs himself or you’re getting pay rolled by him to create this blog.

Congratulations. This may just be the most factually incorrect e-mail ever written. First off is “We are so convinced that Terry Hobbs is innocent?” even a sentence? I mean it looks like a question but kind of makes a statement. That’s new levels of bad grammar right there.

Secondly no one has recanted their story, please provide documentation that says otherwise.

None of the three had any alibis or else their alibis would have been called to testify.

Jessie Misskelley wouldn’t stop confessing even after his own conviction.

Lastly, you got me. I’m Terry Hobbs. You’ve uncovered my master plan. I started this blog in 2000 then wrote a PRO-WM3 post in 2001, then recanted my position in 2007. appeared on two different national news shows talking about an unrelated crime while wearing Hollywood level prosthetics and wigs in 2009, all the while maintaining my cover in Arkansas. And I would have gotten away with it too if it wasn’t for meddling chalupas.

Or maybe Terry Hobbs is bankrolling me because he’s got all that money from his book and movie deals, oh wait, that’s Damien Echols who has that. He’s never one to turn away any payday that he makes off of tragedy.

It seems like somebody just watched the movies for the first time.

Damien Echols celebrates an anniversary of death

The real and forgotten victims of the WM3

The real and forgotten victims of the WM3

I try not give triple convicted child murderer Damien Echols any more attention than he deserves because it’s what he thrives on. To that end he must be trolling everyone by posting the following on his Twitter account…

So what’s wrong with that you may ask? Why shouldn’t a man celebrate the fact that he’s alive? It’s because today also happens to be the 22nd anniversary of the day that he and his cohorts, Jessie Misskelley Jr. and Jason Baldwin, brutally murdered 8-year-old Cub Scouts Michael Moore, Chris Byers and Steve Branch. I’m sure this date is not lost on him. This is nothing more than Echols flaunting that he got away with triple murder more or less.

Not surprisingly, the Rolling Stone article I got his tweet from gets some information wrong.

Amid new DNA evidence, legal teams for the three men were able to secure their release from prison after changing their pleas from not guilty to guilty.

The ‘DNA evidence’ is no such thing because it does not implicate anyone else for the crime as much as the chalupas would like to think it does. Then again what do you expect from a widely discredited outlet like Rolling Stone.

We get letters through Tumblr: You’re an asshole

The real and forgotten victims of the WM3

The real and forgotten victims of the WM3

I received this message through my Tumblr page the other day…

You’re an asshole leave Damien Echols alone wtf

Normally I would have dismissed this as just being from another chalupa. (Side note: Thrice convicted child killer Damien Echols refers to his fans as chupacabras so I call them chalupas which I’ve been told is an insult to chalupas but I digress.) But before I clicked on the delete icon I curiously clicked on this person’s Tumblr name. Now I’m not going to divulge the account in question because I don’t want to invite harassment on someone who is obviously a confused child.

Turns out this girl was not just a fan of Echols but also Aurora movie theater shooter James Holmes, Columbine cowards Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold, and non-repentant school shooter T.J. Lane. I was greeted by animated gifs of school shooters while a lot of the posts were doe eyes tributes to Damian Echols. This girl feels about mass murderers like most girls would gush on about their favorite group or celebrity.

What you’re doing is not normal, not even by counter-culture standards. It is an indication of a deeper-rooted mental illness and you should get help. I’m telling you this because it’s obvious your parent(s) either don’t know or don’t care or both. If this kind of activity carries into adulthood you could end up being one of those women who end up marrying death row inmates, also not normal by any standard. Not to mention that by idolizing these mass killers you’re enabling future killers.

Be an individual, don’t let yourself be defined by a Tumblr hashtag.

There’s an online petition to pardon the West Memphis 3

Hey look, REM is in town.

Hey look, REM is in town.

I almost wasn’t going to post about this but it’s so comical I just had to comment.

Apparently an online petition has been started at change.org to pardon the West Memphis 3. The petition is directed at current Arkansas Governor Mike Bebee asking him to pardon the three calling their convictions a “travesty of justice” and “a sham”. By now you should know that I think the real travesty of justice is that these child killers are walking free.

Some of my fellow ‘nons’ have been up in arms about this but they really shouldn’t be worried at all. Firstly Gov. Bebee has said that “the appropriate place to seek exoneration of the men is the court system.” Secondly at the time the article from the Times Record was posted they only had 800 signatures. A week later they have about 1800. How many of those people do you think are even residents of Arkansas. If only a small minority of them are actually Arkansas voters than this isn’t even a blip on the Governor’s radar. The Last reason is that online petitions are a joke and no one takes them seriously. For all we know they could have been ‘signed’ all by the same person or bot. Considering the most successful online petition I can think of was the White House petition seeking the construction of the Death Star you can see how seriously they’re taken and that one had 25,000 signatures.

So good luck with that petition, you’re going to need it.

Damien Echols wants to stop talking about what he won’t shut up about

Damien Echols. I heard he has a PhD in Attention Whoring.

Damien Echols. I heard he has a PhD in Attention Whoring.

There was recently an article in the Village Voice about Mr. Douche Goggles himself, triple convicted child murderer Damien Echols. I was going to let this one go by since it was talking about his and his crazy wife’s new book. That was until I read the first line of the article.

Damien Echols doesn’t want to talk about the West Memphis 3 anymore.

You’re kidding me right? He doesn’t want to talk about the think that’s kept him marginally in the public eye for the past 20 years and has gotten him his celebrity buddies? Of course this is nothing more than classic Echols attention whoring except now it’s reverse attention whoring. The ‘don’t look at me/look at me’ kind of attention whoring. An attention whoring reach around if you will.

Echols really wants to talk about his tarot card classes which is just more of him fleecing his gullible Echolytes. However I do want to take issue with the closing paragraph of the article.

“The things they tried to murder me for — my love of witchcraft, the tarot, my spirituality, these are the things I never changed about myself during all the years in prison,” he says. “The guards couldn’t beat it out of me. People thought I was crazy. But what can I say?”

Wrong again Mikey. They tried to execute you because you brutally murdered three children.

The only thing about cards that Echols truly understands is playing the victim card.

Damien Echols ironically says only the guilty want closure

Damien Echols can't see irony through his douche goggles

Damien Echols can’t see irony through his douche goggles

When I saw the headline “Only the guilty want closure in West Memphis Three case” I thought finally the press is giving time to someone who doesn’t believe the WM3 hype machine. That sentiment was dashed when I saw that the article was written by convicted triple child murderer Damien Echols himself.

In an editorial published by the Arkansas Times, Echols continually tries to hold on to his 15 minutes. Feel free to read the entire article but let’s take a look at some select quotes from Mikey.

(Scott)Ellington may be the only person on the planet who believes there is “closure” in my case.

First off do you notice that he said his case. I thought it was the case of the three murdered boys. At least he could have said our case referring to the other two convicted child killers but no. You can pretty much figure out Damien Echols in that one short sentence. It’s all about him.

It was easy for him to seek closure, of course; he was not sitting in solitary confinement on death row for a crime he did not commit. Thankfully, the Supreme Court did not listen and ruled unanimously to review our wrongful convictions.

Except they didn’t. They granted a hearing to see if the supposed DNA evidence was enough to grant a new trial, but why let the truth get in the way of a good story. Also how can he continue to call it a wrongful conviction when his defense team approached the DA’s office with the suggestion of the Alford plea?

No one wants closure more than me, Jason Baldwin, Jessie Misskelley and the families of the murdered children.

Except four of the six family members of the victims believe that Echols and company are guilty.

Now with the opening of “Devil’s Knot,” the latest film on this tragedy, some are once again calling for closure. After all, aren’t four documentaries, a feature film, books, numerous network television features, hundreds of newspaper and magazine stories, blogs, bloggers, websites and God knows how many tweets on the murders of the three boys, enough? I guess not.

None of those things are evidence let alone unbiased.

DA Scott Ellington should keep his promise to review new evidence given to him by my defense team in a meaningful manner, and he should avoid giving comfort to the real killer and discouraging new witnesses from coming forward by proclaiming that the case is “closed.”

What evidence is he speaking of? Not the outlandish pot smoking gay tryst scenario? That doesn’t even qualify as being a Weekly World News story let alone evidence.

Damien Echols was released from death row in Arkansas in August of 2011. He and his wife, Lorri Davis, live in New York City.

What happened to Salem? Did the locals get tired of having a child killer among them?

He’s right about one thing though. There will never be closure on this case as long as the killers walk free and as long as Echols keeps his name in the media. I’d settle for the closure of his lying mouth.

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.

Lessons in journalism courtesy of triple child killer Damien Echols

Damien Echols douche-goggles action figure now comes with kung-fu grip douche-beard

Damien Echols douche-goggles action figure now comes with kung-fu grip douche-beard

Falsely Accused Man Recounts 18 Years on Death Row:

Go ahead, read the deadline again then you can let out your exasperated sigh like I did. I guess it’s time for us lowly bloggers to dole out lessons in stuff like facts and the truth.

So convicted child killer Damien Echols, he of the West Memphis 3, gave one his infamous and I imagine oh so scintillating talks at Northwest Missouri State University. I assume Harvard is next on his tour. Anyway it seems that local news journalists will just reprint any press release that a convicted killer would release. I’m not 100% positive on this but some of the things said in the article sound vaguely familiar…

One of the three men convicted in the case was Damien Echols, who was sentenced to death. At the time of the crime, he was an 18-year-old who had been in and out of jail and mental institutions.

However, in 2011, after 18 years in prison, Echols was released. DNA evidence pointed to another suspect.

Except it doesn’t.

Not only did Echols hype machine pull the wool over the eyes of local media but the ‘university’ as well.

“This is a story about adversity and it’s about ways to persevere,” said Aaron Johnson, a Geology professor at Northwest who is also chair of the university’s lecture series. “We want our students to recognize that there are very few mistakes you can make from which you can’t recover.”

Actually the only lesson you’re teaching your students by bringing Echols to the school is that crime actually does pay. You see, in case you didn’t know Damien Echols is still a convicted murderer. He was released on an Alford plea which means the records still show that he is guilty. There’s been no exoneration nor will there ever be.

Echols was not wrongly accused. He was arrested, tried, convicted and had the convictions upheld. Anyone who believes otherwise is just a tin foil hat wearing conspiracy nut.

I always feel like someone (from Salem) is watching me

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The picture above is some of the traffic stats for my website. By taking a look at it you can see that someone from Salem, Massachusetts was very interested in my posts about the West Memphis 3. What a coincidence since triple convicted child killer Damien Echols lives in Salem.

While possible it’s probably unlikely that this was Echols checking my site out. It would be more likely that it would be one of his flunkies. I really hope it’s neither though. I hope it’s just a normal citizen of Salem researching on what kind of fraud and monster Echols really is.