Indeed, Horn had bought the container at auction hoping to make a few bucks from the books inside it. When he flicked through them, though, he saw that many had been inscribed with a single name. And while he didn’t think much of it, his wife then found an intriguing personal letter. So who exactly had all this stuff belonged to?
“We started googling real quick,” Horn told WMC Action News 5. “Of course, we came up with it… Then I thought, ‘Wow, we might be able to make some money off this’… I consider myself really, really lucky is what I got to say.”
The books had in fact belonged to Damien Echols, one of the so-called “West Memphis Three.” Echols spent 18 years on death row for the 1993 murder of three young boys. The conviction was controversial, however, partly because prosecutors had exploited local hysteria about supposed Satanists operating in West Memphis, Arkansas – a small city in the heart of the Bible Belt.