Title: Yours For Eternity: A Love Story on Death Row
Author: Damien Echols and Lorri Davis
Publisher: Plume; Reprint edition
Genre: Non Fiction
Release Date: June 17, 2014
Format: E Book
Source: I Own It
Buy Links: Amazon/Barnes & Noble
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.
I have been fascinated with the West Memphis 3 ever since I saw Paradise Lost on HBO years ago. I don’t know why but Damien’s story struck me the most. Maybe it’s because he was the only one to be sentenced to death row.
I’m not going to get into what/who the West Memphis 3 are. You had to of heard about them to want to read this book in the first place.
Now to my actual review of the book.
I’m sure there are some people that criticize Lorri for even writing to Damien in the first place, let alone fall in love and marry him. This is Lorri’s life and no one has the right to tell her how to live it. She knew all along that Damien was innocent.
I was shocked by some of the letters they choose to share in this book. Some were extremely private and I wouldn’t want anyone to read those if I was in their shoes. Everyone says they want to fall in love and a soul mate. We hear the term soul mate all the time.
Damien and Lorri are true soul mates. They fell in love, and made their relationship work during the hardest part of their lives. I can’t even imagine! If they can make it work and stay together after he was released then it gives me hope that true love is out there for everyone.