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Yours for Eternity: A Love Story on Death Row
 
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Yours for Eternity: A Love Story on Death Row [Format Kindle]

Damien Echols , Lorri Davis

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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.

Biographie de l'auteur

DAMIEN ECHOLS and LORRI DAVIS met in 1996, and were married in a Buddhist ceremony at Tucker Maximum Security Unit in Arkansas in 1999. Echols spent nearly eighteen years on death row until his release in 2011. He is the author of the New York Times–bestselling memoir Life After Death. For more than a decade, Davis spearheaded a full-time effort toward her husband’s release from prison, which encompassed all aspects of the legal case and forensic investigation. She and Echols, who together produced the documentary West of Memphis, live in New York.

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  • Format : Format Kindle
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  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 415 pages
  • Pagination - ISBN de l'édition imprimée de référence : 039916619X
  • Editeur : Blue Rider Press (17 juin 2014)
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  • Langue : Anglais
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Amazon.com: 3.8 étoiles sur 5  38 commentaires
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Sweet and Compelling 21 juin 2014
Par ruth carter - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Relié|Achat vérifié
If you are tired of tales of jaded infidelity and sarcastic and shallow views of love, this is the book for you. In the most unlikely places two souls have connected with a sweetness, innocence, depth and loyalty that is inspiring. The tale of the West Memphis Three is told in many other places. This is the story of two amazing people kept apart by the cruelest and most unjust circumstances who patiently held each other together until they could actually hold each other. Their different styles of letter writing make the story vivid and fascinating. I can't recommend it enough
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 From Tragedy and Despair: Correspondence of Lasting Love and Marriage...... 23 juin 2014
Par Michel Short - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle
"Art will be the horse I ride to freedom..." ~ Damien Echols
"Yours For Eternity: A Love Story on Death Row" is a incredible compilation of letters with thoughtful commentary exchanged between authors Damien Echols and Lorri Davis. The couple exchanged thousands of letters between 1996-2011. Prior knowledge of the WM3 case is recommended.

In 1996 Lorri Davis attended the premier showing of "Paradise Lost" a documentary of the WM3 slayings. Davis was empathetic to many social issues and was profoundly emotionally moved/affected by the injustice of the WM3 case. Unable to forget it, she feared she was losing her mind. Not knowing what to expect in writing to a prison inmate, she wrote a letter of support to Damien Echols.

Davis would discover when Echols answered her letter; was an articulate, sensitive, creative, highly intelligent man. As they corresponded they both discovered in friendship an openness they hadn't experienced with anyone else. It was joyous to see their relationship unfold, as they discussed their backgrounds, past experiences, families, friends, beliefs, emotions/ideas etc. They fell in love through letters and phone calls. Davis readily admitted she wouldn't suggest a woman write to an inmate, and kept their relationship secret from her family and employer for four years. Echols kept his hard core prison abuse/torture from Davis, not wanting to burden her with the knowledge, or any part of it to touch their relationship. High phone bills, dealing with anxieties, jealousies, some "sex letters" were included as a genuine account of issues they faced as a couple.

This is such a rare and unusual story of love and marriage, rising powerfully from the ashes left by tragedy and despair. Echols and Davis spent tremendous amounts of time going through their correspondence deciding what to use to illustrate their relationship, the effort and challenges (both legal and otherwise), to keep their love alive enough to sustain them both. Echols kept every letter Davis wrote him to preserve the best thing that ever happened to him. Towards the end of the book, written correspondence tapers off as they talk on the phone and visit. Davis moved to Little Rock, AR in 1998 to be closer to Echols and worked tirelessly in efforts to free him from prison. They were married at the Tucker Maximum Security Unit, Tucker, AR in 1999. In 2011, Echols was released from prison, he and Davis live in NYC.
Remembering:
Christopher Mark Byers ~ (June 23, 1984 - May 5, 1993) ~ Steve Edward Branch ~ (November 26, 1984 - May 5, 1993) ~
James Michael Moore ~ (July 27, 1984 - May 5, 1993) ~
18 internautes sur 23 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
5.0 étoiles sur 5 together at last 18 juin 2014
Par KesselRun - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Relié
First off,let me say that this book pretty much requires the reader to be familiar with Damien's case abd the West Memphis 3. But dont fret! There is plenty of material out there for you--i recommend it all. The fantastic Paradise Lost Trilogy, or if you dont want to watch three films, I recommend the equally powerful West of Memphis. There was also an episode of CBS' s 48 Hours devoted to the case a few years ago. You need to have the details of the case, because this book isn't really supposed to be about a case study. You can write a whole book on just that alone. (In fact, someone did. It's called 'Devil's Knot' by Mara Leveritt). Also you can go to wm3.org but I recommend the films. That way, you're more invested emotionally in this book as a reader. What the state of Arkansas did to these 6 boys (knowingly letting 3 innocent boys rot in jail, and letting the real murderer of 3 little boys roam free) is nothing short of criminal. I have been following the case for over 10 years, and both Damien and Lorri are an inspiration and two strong, admirable people. Damien's book Life After Death showed us how eloquent of a writer and storyteller Damien is, and I'm happy to finally get some insight into Lorri's heart as well. She saved his life, and devoted her life to exoneration of the West Memphis Three. It's a phenomenal story, one I will continue to admire for years. I'm so glad that they finally have a happy life together after their long, nightmarish road through the bowels of the Arkansas justice system. Now, we all need to continue pushing the state of Arkansas to do what needs to be done-exonerate damien, Jason, and Jessie and bring the real killer to justice. They already know what direction to look in
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Four stars for their bravery! 27 septembre 2014
Par Twittbrarian - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Relié
I enjoyed reading about how these two "misfits" met, fell in love, and stayed together under incredible circumstances. The book is not a narrative, but rather, a compilation of letters (over the course of about 9 years) between Damien Echols and his wife, Lorri Davis. While it was interesting to see how their relationship started out, many readers may be disappointed that the bulk of the book spans from 1996 to about 1999. After Davis moved to Arkansas in 1998, the letter-writing tapered off. The book does not include any letters after 2005, which is about the time that the case really started to garner national attention. The letters and responses after about 1997 are a bit schizophrenic; some of the letters reference phone conversations, face-to-face meetings, or other letters (which were either excluded, redacted, or otherwise condensed).

Because the letters tended to be "all over the place," especially after Echols and Davis started communicating by phone, it would have been helpful if the book included more commentary from the couple. Clearly, there were some things the couple wanted to keep private, like Echols relationship with his son. However, when there is an off-hand reference to a particular conversation or event, some context is necessary. There are some footnotes and postscripts included in the book, but not nearly enough to keep readers apprised of what is going on in Echols and Davis' lives at that particular point in time. The book would have worked just as well, if they had ended it when the letter writing started to slow (1998) and included more narratives from the couple. The scant amount of letters from 2000-2005 did not really do much for the book as a whole.

Despite the book's flaws, the letters do give you a sense of what both of these people are like and how they have been able to stay together for so long. Considering some of the intimate and bizarre conversations these two had, I applaud them for being brave enough to release these letters. If you are looking for more insight into what was going on between Davis and Echols once WM3 publicity really started picking up, and/or at the time nearing his release, you will NOT find it in this book. This book is, essentially, about how Echols and Davis' love affair began, the sacrifices Davis made to keep the relationship going, and how they both felt about each other and their future.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 What a wonderful love story 22 juin 2014
Par T.O. - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
I was not expecting lots of letters as a book, but I found it fascinating and so intense. A true love and a bond between 2 souls. I read the book in 2 sittings. I read Damien's book earlier and bought this the day it released.
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