The New York Times
By KIM SEVERSON
Published: August 17, 2012
Jessie Misskelley, left, Damien Echols, center, and Jason Baldwin in October in New York.
ATLANTA — The list of things you learn about yourself when you get out of prison after 17 years is long: You’re allergic to shrimp, or you’re paralyzed by the choices in a grocery store or moved to tears by the softness of the night sky.
The men known as the West Memphis Three thought they would die in prison, linked forever as the torturers and killers of three young boys. They have been free for a year now, living as little more than acquaintances in a world flooded with possibilities.
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