Jello Biafra and other artists will be auctioning selected autographed items to raise funds for theWest Memphis Three (wm3.org) --Damien Echols, Jessie Misskelley, and Jason Baldwin. Having no physical evidence, the three teenagers were pinpointed, harassed and accused of murdering and mutilating three elementary school children. Damien Echols sits on death row, Jason Baldwin was sentenced to life without parole, and Misskelley got life plus forty. In July 2007 DNA evidence proved these three young men should never have been convicted.
The auctions will last for 17 days—from March 31 to April 16th—one day for each year the West Memphis Three have spent behind bars. June 3, 2010 will mark the 17th year anniversary that Damien Echols, Jessie Misskelley, and Jason Baldwin have been behind bars for a crime they did not commit.
A guitar used by Michale Graves in the recording of the album Illusions with songs written by Damien Echols including the album art on the guitar, a pressing of Dead Kennedys 2nd album, Plastic Surgery Disasters vinyl signed by Biafra. Boondock Saints’ Norman Reedus auctioning off his photography. CDs & posters signed by Mark Kozelek (Red House Painters/Sun Kil Moon). George Clayton Johnson (author of Twilight Zone/Ocean’s Eleven – 1960s) signed book, Counting Crows signed CDs & promo pic, Chris Cornellsigned CDs, Matisyahu signed CDs & promo pic, portrait of Debbie Harry by Mick Rock (“The Man Who Shot the 70s”). All auction proceeds go to the WM3 defense fund via ATA, a tax exempt 501(c)(3) organization.
For further information about these items and to place a bid, register and log on to www.skeletonkeyauctions.com.