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Entries Tagged as 'Damien Echols'

The simple pleasure

June 13th, 2013 · No Comments

“I miss the rain.  I miss standing beneath the sky and looking up at the moon and stars.  I miss the wind.  I miss cats and dogs.  I miss wearing real clothes, having a real toothbrush, using a real pen, drinking iced tea, eating ice cream, and going for walks. “I’m tempted to say the […]

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A plague upon our houses

June 12th, 2013 · No Comments

“Sometimes it’s even more disturbing to see the cases of mental retardation on Death Row than it is to see the insane.  I say this because there is often something very childlike in the actions of the retarded.  To see a retarded person being led to execution is an abomination.  It’s something that should never […]

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In the bottomlands

June 12th, 2013 · 4 Comments

“For many people in prison their worst fear is going insane, because once you do all hope is lost.  You will be locked up not only within these walls, but also within your own rapidly degenerating mind.  There is no help, and you wouldn’t even be able to work on your own case in order […]

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The living dead

June 11th, 2013 · No Comments

“The prison system makes no effort to help the mentally ill.  There are no therapy sessions, no treatments, no cutting-edge drugs.  The only thing they do is shoot them full of Thorazine if they start to get riled up.  You can spot a man doing the Thorazine shuffle from a mile away.  His every action […]

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An actual matter of life and death

June 11th, 2013 · No Comments

“The mentally handicapped are executed on a regular basis while the politicians all give speeches about being tough on crime.  I’ve never come across a single murderer who possessed the mental faculties required to fully comprehend the horror of what they have done.  They are not emotionally developed enough to feel empathy.  They live lives […]

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The truth about the lies

June 10th, 2013 · No Comments

“I live with men who haven’t been in contact with reality for years.  The truth is that insanity is rampant on Death Row, as is retardation.  The law says that the insane and the mentally retarded (the law’s terminology, not mine) cannot be executed, yet it happens on a regular basis.  It’s both sad and […]

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Domain of recidivists

June 10th, 2013 · No Comments

“No routine or spiritual practice in the world will dim the reality of daily life on Death Row.  A normal person does not commit murder.  For almost seventeen years I’ve waited for someone to walk through the door whom I could have a conversation with, but it just doesn’t happen.  The people here are all […]

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The land that time forgot

June 9th, 2013 · No Comments

“There is no time in prison, unless you create it for yourself.  People on the outside seem to believe time passes slowly in prison, but it doesn’t.  The truth is that time doesn’t pass at all.  It’s an eternal vacuum, and each moment is meaningless because it has no context.  Tomorrow may as well be […]

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The rule of the corruption

June 9th, 2013 · No Comments

“I was taken into a broom closet filled with cleaning supplies, and was handed a stack of papers while two cops stood staring at me.  My brain was so numb I could comprehend only about one-fifth of what I was reading, but at least now I knew who had made the confession.  The name written […]

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Death before death

June 8th, 2013 · No Comments

“In this part of the world all shrines are built to honor the great spirit of mediocrity.  The celebrations are for mediocre events, and everyone praises a mediocre god.  Heads upon pillows dream mediocre dreams and loins all give birth to mediocre offspring.  At the end of a pointless life awaits a mediocre death.  Love […]

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Cook’s tour of hell

June 8th, 2013 · No Comments

“The guards brought another tour in today.  This happens every month or so.  Sometimes they bring in a group of teenagers they want to scare into submission.  The kids stand around shuffling their feet as the guards tell them that if they continue living the way they are now, then sooner or later they’ll wind […]

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Poverty’s burden, pride’s price

June 7th, 2013 · No Comments

“That year was one of the poorest my family ever lived through.  There was much excitement one day about a week before Christmas when three older men in suits showed up at our door carrying boxes and bags of food.  I think they were either Shriners or Masons, but I can’t remember.  I do remember […]

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