On March 31, 2006, former MISFITS frontman Michale Graves will spearhead a two-month-long national campaign to promote Damien Echols' new book, "Almost Home". The tour, tentatively dubbed "Almost Home 2006", will hit 55 cities across the country.
Commented Michale, "It is my intent to reach out to as many people as I can, as so many others have in the past, using the media, the Internet, spoken word, music and activism to give Damien's words and story a greater chance of being heard and continue this fight for truth and justice where there has been none so far. I urge everyone to help, contribute and get involved in this anyway that they can."
For over 10 years Damien has been an inmate on death row for a crime many believe he did not commit. He, along with Jason Baldwin and Jessie Misskelley, have become known as The West Memphis Three, and though the story of their arrest and conviction is widely known, most people don't know the real people behind the soundbites and the TV news segment clips. "Almost Home" is a message to you from a faraway place. It is a message from a 12-foot by 9-foot cell in a cinderblock building surrounded by coils of razor wire in the middle of a dirt field in Arkansas. A young man named Damien Echols wrote it and it chronicles his life and his experiences in a way that clearly illuminates him, not as a monster, but as a human being.
Please take the time to review the facts of this case by starting with this web site: www.wm3.org. Additional information can be found in two excellent documentary films directed by Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky: "Paradise Lost: The Child Murders At Robin Hood Hills" and its sequel "Paradise Lost: Revelations" and the book "Devil's Knot" by Arkansas journalist Mara Leveritt.
Tour dates and more information can be obtained by visiting MichaleGraves.net.