Johnny Depp was at the Barnes and Noble Union Square in New York City, not picking up the newest New York Times Best Sellers but to support, former Death Row inmate Damien Echols.
Echols, of the infamous the “West Memphis 3,” was at the Barnes and Noble to promote his new memoir Life After Death. He was one of three men convicted as teenagers for the murders of three Boy Scouts in 1993, but were arrested and convicted without much in the way of evidence. Echols spent 18 year in prison for the crime he claimed he did not commit.
Depp has been a longtime supporter of the West Memphis 3, even getting not one, not two, but four matching tattoos with Echols. The newest tattoo …was a bird on their hands inspired by the film The Crow, which had a theme that related to Echols book. “[In the movie], they talk about the mythology of how [the crow] is considered to be something that transports souls from the realm of the dead to the realm of the living,” Echols told People. “When somebody comes back to life, it’s the crow that brings them back to the living.”
Depp became a supporter of the Memphis Three after seeing the documentary Paradise Lost about the trio. “He’s been with us every single step of the way. Since we’ve gotten out, he’s become like a brother to me” Echols said. “And that’s one of the things we always do just as part of that bond is whenever you get tattoos like that, it’s something you carry with you through the rest of your life and it’s really meaningful.”
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