I’ve already posted about triple-convicted child killer Damien Echols and his ‘magick’ show here. Basically, the New York Times published a puff piece about his charlatanism and did not stray from the official West Memphis 3 narrative. You know, the usual, wrongly convicted, DNA evidence blah blah blah.
More recently, The Guardian, another stalwart of journalism, published almost the exact same piece as the New York Times. I had to make sure the two articles were submitted by different authors. It almost feels like the Damien Echols has his own personal press corps that he pushes his latest appearances onto.
Much like the New York Times piece, The Guardian piece was written by a woman. Not that I have anything against female journalists, however, it seems like the WM3 PR team like to seek out female journalists who are sympathetic and/or vulnerable to Echols’ tall tales. A certain correspondent for 48 Hours comes to mind. The reason I think these journalists fall into Echols’ web of deceit is that they identify with the child killer more because of his ‘romance’ with main squeeze sycophant Lorri Davis. I asked my cohort Lady Gray, an actual lady, if this sounded misogynistic. She said no and added that she thinks that these journalists may also have a maternal-like reaction to Echols’ BS since he was young when he, Misskelley, and Baldwin killed Christopher Byers, Michael Moore, and Stevie Branch.
If you’re angry at me because of my thoughts on these suggestible journalists maybe you should also be mad at the convicted child killer for exploiting them for his personal gain.
I know this story is close to a month old but what can you do?
Anyway, back in February, I wrote about how triple convicted child killer Damien Echols of the West Memphis 3 scribbled onto some pages and produced a book about ‘magick’. Late last month, the New York Times published an article about how Echols is taking his ‘magick’ show on the road and gave Echols’ schtick quite the glowing review. The article was written by a female journalist but the article reads more like a fangirl obsessed love letter to Echols. What is it with Echols’ ability to pull the wool over the eyes of certain female reporters? However, before we get to Echols’ latest venture, let’s get the usual fallacies out of the way.
First, the article claims there was no physical evidence connecting Echols and his band of Merry Men to the murders of 8-year-olds Christopher Byers, Michael Moore, and Stevie Branch. That is untrue as fibers that match clothes owned by Echols were found at the scene. The article also states that witnesses saw Echols somewhere else at the time of the murders but fails to mention the eyewitnesses were discredited on the stand. The article also forgets to mention that there were witnesses who placed Echols near the scene. The article then goes to claim the so-called DNA evidence supported the West Memphis 3’s innocence, except it doesn’t. If it did there would have been an arrest made instead of the three killers taking an Alford plea. And as always, for the record, an Alford plea is a guilty plea.
But back to the matter at hand. Echols will be performing ‘magick’ rituals at various places in front of paying audiences. He talks about how he witnessed angels while on death row and speaks about how his incantations helped him cope in prison. Now, he’s willing to teach his snake oil lessons to anyone willing to buy a ticket. The irony of this is that anyone who believes Echols’ is guilty of child murder is usually accused of being a fundamentalist Christian whose religion is nothing more than a fairy tale. Yet, Echols’ acolytes, or Echolytes, are willing to believe in high ‘magick’. That’s the real stuff and definitely not made up by 9th-grade dropout with the mentality of a 12-year-old goth girl.
Furthermore, it seems more and more like Echols is trying to use his poor persecuted outsider martyr status to start a very cult-like collective. I wonder how much longer it will be before he has his own compound.
There are three famous killers from history who I believe will never be identified. They are Jack The Ripper, The Zodiac Killer, and the Black Dahlia murderer. Every time someone comes out with a new crackpot theory about who one of these killers was, I just roll my eyes and go on about my business. However, this time, I just couldn’t resist.
John A. Cameron is a 50-something retired police detective from Great Falls, Montana. In 2014 he published a book entitled “It’s Me: Edward Wayne Edwards, the Serial Killer You Never Heard Of.” In his book, Cameron discusses his theories of how charismatic killer Ed Edwards committed not only the crimes he confessed to and was convicted of but also a multitude of murders Cameron believes Edwards committed. The number of victims that Cameron accuses Edwards if killing goes from the sublime to the ridiculous. The Paramount Network, formerly Spike TV and TNN, even ran a five-episode mini-series last month entitled ‘It Was Him: The Many Murders of Ed Edwards.’
I didn’t watch it, but according to reports Cameron claims Edwards was responsible for the deaths of Laci Peterson, Elizabeth Short (The Black Dahlia), Jimmy Hoffa, Chandra Levy, Martha Moxley, Adam Walsh, the wife of Dr. Sam Sheppard on whom The Fugitive was based, Teresa Halbach (Making A Murderer), and JonBenét Ramsey just to name a few. Cameron also claims to believe that Edwards was the Zodiac Killer. So in essence, Cameron has basically taken every unsolved or ‘uncertain’ murder from the past 70 years and attributed them to Edwards.
While Cameron may be a retired police detective, that doesn’t mean he’s not a tin foil hat wearing conspiracy theorist. He may just be the king of conspiracy. His credentials aren’t the best either. Outside of his police career, Cameron published his book through Golden Door Press which as far as I can tell was a vanity press for its founder and has allegedly gone out of business. Cameron has also been a guest on Coast to Coast AM, the paranormal and conspiracy themed radio show made famous by the late Art Bell. At the time of writing this, Cameron’s own website only displays a WordPress error code that hasn’t been fixed in days.
The one murder Cameron accuses Edwards of that I want to talk about is obviously the West Memphis killings. I bet you could tell by the picture of Ol’ Douchegoggles up there. Obviously, there’s no possible way Edwards could have killed Christopher Byers, Michael Moore, and Stevie Branch. However, the angsty followers of Damien Echols, the man with the personality of a 12-year-old goth girl, have thrown so many suspects against the wall trying to get one who sticks. There was the mysterious Mr. Bojangles, then there was Mark Byers when the Paradise Lost ‘documentaries’ came out, and lastly Terry Hobbs when the supposed DNA evidence was made public. Let’s also not forget the ridiculous pot-smoking gay tryst conspiracy that the WM3 team put forth. My point being that the Chalupas are willing to believe any fantastical theory put forth by Echols and his acolytes and I wonder if any of them will actually present Edwards as a legitimate suspect. Considering Echols’ followers already believe the conspiracy theory that he’s innocent, it isn’t too far of a stretch.
And remember kids, let’s get #douchegoggles trending when it comes to talking about His Maagickness.
Triple convicted child killer Damien Echols is still finding new and clever ways to skirt around the Son of Sam laws. In his desperate attempt to try to stay relevant, he of the West Memphis 3 has written a book about ‘magick’. What is magick you may ask? Magick is basically a catch-all term for anything that could be considered mystical. Think crystals and all that crap.
Echols describes his screed like this…
“I used magick—the practice of reshaping reality through our intention and will—to stave off incredible pain, despair, and isolation,” says Echols. “But the most amazing feat of all that practice and study was to manifest my freedom. Magick is an incredibly deep, meaningful, spiritual tradition that equals the Eastern practices of Buddhism and Taoism in beauty. It’s an ancient discipline that lets you literally change reality by working with the divine energies of creation.”
Could Damien Echols be any further up his own ass? If I was a Buddhist, I’d be pissed that this violent sociopath is using my belief system to peddle his snake oil while making his blood money off of the brutal murders of three children. You know, the murders he’s trying to ‘reshape the reality’ of.
Echols continues to exhibit his tendency to have the mentality of a 12-year-old goth girl when describing his experience ‘writing’ the book.
“I consider this book to be the culmination of my life’s work. When I finished it I was in a hotel room in Boulder, Colorado, the most beautiful blizzard I’d ever seen in my life was happening outside my window. I felt as if I’d accomplished perhaps the biggest chunk of my life’s purpose. Wave after wave of contentment and profound happiness rolled through me for weeks afterwards. This is the fulfillment of a dream I have held since childhood – to contribute in some way to the history and preservation of the practices of ceremonial magick.”
You know who else who had childhood dreams?
Your victims, Mikey. The ones whose lives you brutally snuffed out before they even had a remote chance to fulfill their dreams, and you continue to try to extend your 15 minutes by desecrating their memories.
Anyone who buys this book is nothing more than a fool who parts with his money too soon. The money would be better spent buying yourself a clue, a personality and a life.
This is old news by now, but Jessie Miskelley, of the West Memphis Damien Echols + 2, was arrested over Thanksgiving weekend. He was arrested in West Memphis on traffic violations including driving without a license, driving without insurance and having no headlights. Second Judicial District Prosecuting Attorney Scott Ellington doesn’t think this is enough to warrant Misskelley going back to jail under the terms of the Alford Plea the three took to get out of jail. I’ll talk more about that in a moment.
As with all things WM3 related, someone thinks this is part of a larger conspiracy. Damien Echols’ attorney, Patrick Benca, says that he’s never seen anyone get arrested for driving with a suspended license in the past 18 years. I’d like to know which rock he’s been living under because anywhere I’ve ever lived, driving with a suspended license gets you locked up. I don’t know if Miskelley has posted bail yet. The last article I read, which was dated yesterday, didn’t mention him being released. I guess if you’re not friends with Johnny Depp you can’t just snap your fingers and make things happen for you.
Getting back to the Alford Plea, which in case any one forgot is a guilty plea, the terms state the three have to be employed, be drug free and are subject to search and seizure without a warrant. What does Damien Echols do for a living exactly? Are celebrity hanger-on and fortune-teller, or whatever the hell he claims to do, real jobs? Has he ever even had a real day of work in his life?
First off, I have to point out this article from KATV in Little Rock is labeled as ‘Special Advertiser Content’. That explains why it reads more like a press release than an actual news article.
In the wake of Damien Echols’ melodramatic return to Arkansas to protest the state’s death penalty, the one where Johnny Deep said he would catch Damien’s heart, Echols is back in the Arkansas ‘news’ spewing his usual story about how poorly he was treated on death row. He’s claimed in the past he needs to wear his special dark glasses everywhere he goes because being in prison hurt his eyes. Now he’s claiming he suffered an unspecified head injury while in prison.
“Ten years was spent in solitary torture. The brain injury I sustained will always plague me.”
Of course there was no elaboration on his supposed injury. Since he was in solitary, is he saying he gave the injury to himself? I’m sure the Chalupas will be more than happy to explain it to me how the child murderer was victimized by the guards or something.
The ‘article’ then goes on to parrot the official WM3 party line of how the supposed DNA evidence implicates Terry Hobbs, which it doesn’t.
It must be nice to be triple-convicted child killer and have the media at your beck and call.
Over Easter weekend, a protest took place in Little Rock, Arkansas, against the state’s plan to execute eight inmates in ten days. The state is said to be doing this since one of the drugs they use in lethal injections is set to expire at the end of the month. Of course you can’t mention the Arkansas death penalty without attracting the attention of triple convicted child killer Damien Echols, he of the West Memphis 3 infamy.
“It takes a lot for me to go back to Arkansas,” he added. “It’s a place that holds nothing but horror and despair for me. This whole situation is horrific and fills me with despair to the point that I wake up at night trying to scream.”
Oh, do you mean like the screams of the children that you killed and were convicted for? Are they anything like that?
He goes on to call Arkansas’ execution plans a ‘conveyor belt of death’, as opposed to the killing floor of three children who committed no crime.
NBC also spoke to Patrick Crane who used to be a correctional officer on Arkansas’ death row. Crane now opposed the death penalty and had the following to say…
“What if we killed Damien Echols?” he asked. “We now know that guy is innocent but we could have killed an innocent man.”
No, no you wouldn’t have. You would have executed a man who had been rightly convicted of the crimes against him. Also, for the record, Echols and crew were never exonerated. They took an Alford plea which means they maintain their innocence while pleading guilty. Surprisingly, NBC doesn’t gloss over the Alford plea unlike a number of media outlets who proclaim Echols as innocent. What almost all media outlets fail to mention is that it was the WM3 defense team who approached the state about the Alford plea. I explain why I thought the state gave in to the deal here.
Echols was joined at the protest by alleged wife beater Johnny Depp. He was asked what message he had for Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson.
“How do you sleep man?” Depp asked.
Maybe he should be asking how best bud Damien sleeps after murdering three children? I imagine he sleeps pretty well considering that he’s a sociopath. The Depp-Echols bromance shenanigans didn’t end there either.
Mr. Echols’s argument is simpler. He has said he considers himself living proof “that the state of Arkansas does indeed sentence innocent people to death, despite how infallible these politicians would have you believe the system is.”
No you’re not. You’re an aberration of how the system is supposed to work. You got bankrolled by all your celebrity friends which scared the state into releasing you using the Alford plea. For all intents and purposes, you should be one of the inmates set to be executed on their so-called conveyor belt.
As usual, when it comes to most death penalty stories I didn’t see a whole lot of commentary from the families of the victims that these eight men are accused of killing, much like you don’t hear about the real victims of the WM3 when it comes to articles about Echols.
I’m here to make sure they’re never forgotten. As long as Echols and his former friends are free men than justice is being denied them.
I guess it was inevitable that with all the talk of ‘Making a Murderer’ and its supposition that Steven Avery is innocent that the media would reach out to another convicted killer, Damien Echols, he of the West Memphis 3. Let’s see what the chief chalupa had to say…
I was convicted of three counts of capital murder in 1993. Along with the two others who were convicted with me, we became known as the West Memphis Three. After enough evidence had been found to grant us a new hearing that would prove our innocence, the state of Arkansas offered us an insane deal called the Alford plea—as part of it, we could legally claim we were innocent, but the state would maintain our guilt. The deal would prevent us from seeking compensation for the 18 years we spent in prison. I spent those years on death row, 10 of them in isolation.
I find it interesting that he doesn’t name Jason Baldwin and Jessie Misskelley by name. As always it’s about him and no one else. Let’s also not forget that the state didn’t offer the Alford plea, their legal team went to the state with it. He also just has to mention being in isolation since that’s what he claims damaged his eyes so he can wear his douche goggles everywhere.
We took the deal, knowing that even if proven innocent it would take us years to be processed out of the prison system. We were released in 2011. Today all three of us are legally considered felons.
He actually got that right for once.
He then goes on and bemoans how similar the conviction of Steven Avery was to his own and I’ve already marked some similarities here like how both documentaries omitted crucial facts from their narratives. Another thing that they have in common is that they’re both animal abusers. Avery set a cat on fire while Echol’s is known to have stomped a dog to death. They both also blame others while the evidence clearly points to them. Since 2009 Avery has been claiming his brothers killed Teresa Halbach in order to get their hands on the money he was due from his lawsuit although he was the one who repeatedly called Teresa and her charred remains were found in a burn pit on his property.
I would imagine that the chalupas and the ‘Making a Murderer’ crowd have a large cross-section of people who are willing to have the wool pulled over their eyes repeatedly. I wouldn’t be surprised if Avery is actually released due to this dramatized re-telling of Teresa Hallbach’s murder. If you believe everything you see on TV or Facebook you shouldn’t be surprised if it comes back to bite you on the ass.
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.
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.
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.
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.