Editor’s Note: This letter was written to the administration of the University of Central Arkansas and copied to the Log Cabin Democrat
As a resident of West Memphis, I am appalled that you would have Damien Echols to speak at your college. Echols, Jessie Misskelley and Jason Baldwin were convicted of killing three young boys and are now roaming free benefiting from these boys’ deaths. It is bad enough that they were set free from prison.
I remember seeing Echols walk past my office wearing his solid black attire, even on hot sweltering days. He looked evil then, and we all commented on that. Then the murders of these three young boys happened, and he was convicted, along with Misskelley and Baldwin. They are guilty!
Now you are one of many who are allowing him to profit from this horrendous crime. You welcome him with open arms. How disgusting! What literary knowledge can he possibly teach these students?
If I were a parent of a student here, I would pull them out of your school and enroll them elsewhere. If I hear of someone wanting to send their child to your school, I will remind them of how you allowed this to happen. The City of Conway should be in uproar that this is happening. I hope private investors look upon this and pull their funding. The State of Arkansas should no longer support you but make you go private.
Dickie Ann Lashlee