For the first time since they were released from death row and a life imprisonment sentence, two members of the West Memphis 3 reunited in Downtown Memphis on Monday.
Jessie Misskelley attended the Everywhereelse.co: The Startup Conference at the Cook Convention Center that featured Damien Echols as a speaker.
The five-day conference runs through Tuesday.
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The conference introduced Echols as the Rip Van Winkle of technology. When he went to prison for the murder of three Cub Scouts in 1994, Justin Bieber had not been born, Facebook and Twitter had not been invented, and watching movies at home required a VHS tape machine.
Technology changed the world profoundly by the time Echols, Misskelley, and Jason Baldwin walked out of prison in August of 2011. Echols was on death row in solitary confinement while Misskelley and Baldwin were sentenced to life in prison. All three were released under a plea bargain.
Echols discussed how he had to adjust to a brave new world after being released from death row and solitary confinement.
"The day I walked out prison, my wife's family handed me a cell phone and a computer," he said. "They hooked it up and got it ready and all I had to do was turn it on. Of course I couldn't even turn it on for a long time. It took me two weeks to figure out how to use an iPhone. The computer is still something I really haven't learned. My computer is basically a glorified juke box. I use it to play music videos for the most part.
"I'm writing another book and I still do everything longhand with a pen and paper," Echols added. "Someone said, 'We will give you $1 million to write your book out on a computer,' and I couldn't do that to save my life.
"For the first month that we lived in New York, I almost never slept. Right before my book was about to come out my editor called me into her office one day and she said 'you have got to start using Twitter,'" Echols recalled. "I didn't even know what that was. People make reference to it but it did not mean anything to me. I had no experience with any social media whatsoever."
Echols and Misskelley, who have been estranged since being released from prison in August 2011, embraced each other. Misskelley, who was 17 at time of the 1994 crime, confessed to police about the murders and implicated Echols and Baldwin.
Two things Echols says he hates to do is talk on his cell phone and fly in airplanes.
Echols' appearance at the Everywhereelse.co: The Startup Conference was not without controversy. FedEx revoked its sponsorship when it discovered Echols had been invited to speak.