In his new life, Echols, who lives with his wife, Lorri, in Salem, Mass., is teaching the practice of meditation.
Here I sit writing this in my new office in Salem, Mass. My home. I’ve christened this place, my work area, the Hermetic Reiki Center. And in this place I teach people the things I learned that helped me to survive the brutality of death row. This is my passion. It’s also where I am truly myself, no longer one of the “West Memphis 3″ or “Inmate SK-931.
Echols said he's not teaching meditation as a religious practice but a scientific method of physical and mental healing. According to his website, sessions with Echols go for $130 an hour. Crystals and T-shirts are available through the Hermetic Reiki center as well. Who would have pictured this future for Echols a couple of years ago?