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Documentary subject Damien Wayne Echols from the film West of Memphis poses for a portrait Sunday, Jan. 22, 2012. (AP)
Documentary subject Damien Wayne Echols from the film West of Memphis poses for a portrait Sunday, Jan. 22, 2012. (AP)

Damien Echols spent 18 years on Arkansas's death row for a crime he says he didn't commit.

In 1994, he and two other men were convicted for the murder of the three eight year old boys and became known as the West Memphis Three.

The case against them was controversial, and according to many, flawed. It featured a botched investigation, a coerced confession, allegations of jury tampering and Satanic rituals. And years after their conviction, DNA testing failed to link the three to evidence at the crime scene, and pressure grew to free them.

In 2011, after almost two decades in jail, they were released — in a complicated deal that fell short of full exoneration.

Damien Echols now lives in Salem, north of Boston. He wrote a book last year called "Life After Death" which will be the subject of a conversation tonight at the MIT Media Lab, moderated by WBUR's Bob Oakes.

Guests

Damien Echols, author of "Life After Death."

"West of Memphis" trailer

Excerpt from "Life After Death"

This segment aired on July 4, 2013.

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