Since the surprise August 2011 release of the West Memphis Three, there have been rumors that Johnny Depp was no longer a WM3 supporter. I couldn’t find any confirmation of this rumor either way.
Today’s news should put that rumor to rest. Johnny Depp’s Infinitum Nihil Options Forthcoming Memoir By West Memphis Three’s Damien Echols.
Johnny Depp and his producing partner Christi Dembrowski and their Infinitum Nihil production shingle have yet another interesting project in development. They’ve optioned film rights to the soon-to-be-published and as-yet-untitled book by Damien Echols which reveals his experiences on death row after his wrongful conviction and subsequent wrongful 18-year imprisonment for the 1993 murder of three 8-year-old boys in West Memphis, Arkansas. The memoir will be published in September 2012 by Blue Rider Press, an imprint of Penguin Books. … The actor and his producing partner have long been wanting and waiting to explore this story and will develop the narrative as a feature film with Echols and his wife Lorri Davis, who will be executive producers.
The Deadline article is written by Nikki Finke, one of the most prominent and powerful journalists covering the entertainment industry. Like most professional journalists covering the case, Finke has no clue what she’s talking about and can’t be bothered to do the slightest bit of research or fact-checking. So much easier to just take what celebrities and mass murderers’ PR reps say as gospel truth.
UPDATE: On February 8, I left a comment on this post at Deadline.com. It was civil, short and on-point. As of the morning of February 9, Deadline.com had deleted my comment. There are other anti-WM3 comments left up, so I’m not sure what that site’s admin found especially offensive about my comment.
Here’s my best recollection of what I wrote:
The West Memphis 3 were not wrongly convicted. The evidence is overwhelming that they were guilty as charged. The only injustice is that they were released.
Echols’ memoir will no doubt be a fascinating read. Anyone who wants to know what Damien Echols was really like around the time of the murders, as documented by psychiatric records and statements by people who knew him, should read this first:
Is that so bad? Their comment policy states, “Comments On Deadline Hollywood are monitored. So don’t go off topic, don’t impersonate anyone, don’t get your facts wrong, and don’t bore me.” Maybe I bored her, otherwise I’m stumped.