Damien Echols on RECTIFY’s realism

How realistic is RECTIFY? Just ask Damien Echols, the author of Life and Death and one of the West Memphis Three, who spent years on death row himself for a crime he didn’t commit. What does he think of the show? Echols explains for the Huffington Post that even the small details that made up his experience are there:

Another thing McKinnon captures is the shock and trauma of someone just released after nearly 20 years on death row. The main character falls asleep on the ride home from the prison, and then falls asleep again as his sister drives him around to see how the town has changed. When I first walked off of death row I was so deeply in shock and traumatized that for nearly three months I couldn’t watch a movie, a television show, read a book, or take a car ride without falling into a deep, dark sleep that didn’t seem to refresh me much when I awakened. All I wanted to do was go out and walk the streets of New York City at all hours of the day and night. I would walk until I was so exhausted I’d stumble over my own feet like a drunk — and I was drunk. I was drunk on the river of human energy that flowed all around me, over me, and through me. The human interaction and energy I’d been starved of for almost 20 years.

Echols says he won’t be watching more of the show – not because it’s unrealistic, but in fact the opposite. For him, “it’s all a rerun.”

via Huffington Post

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