Eddie Munson is one of the key characters of the 4th season of “Stranger Things”. Certainly, many viewers do not know that the hero, introduced to the plot by the Duffer brothers, has its prototype in the non-serial world. Munson’s story was inspired by the fate of Damien Echols, who in 1993 was wrongly convicted of the murder of three children. Recently, Echols publicly commented on Munson’s presence in the Netflix blockbuster. What he said?
A shocking story
Eddie Munson first appeared on the screens in the first part of the 4th season of “Stranger Things” and immediately became a favorite of viewers. At one point, the Duffer brothers revealed that the character’s plot was inspired by the events that shocked the United States and Great Britain in the 1990s. We are talking about the story of Damien Echolsand his friends, who in 1993 were accused, like the series Munson, of the murder of three children. Eight-year-old boys who disappeared on May 5, 1993 in West Memphis, Arkansas, were found in the woods after a long search, their bodies tied with shoelaces. Suspicions about the perpetrator were almost immediately directed towards 18-year-old Echols, who was interested in magic and wore gothic clothes. It was suspected that, like the series Munson, he was driven by Satanic instincts.
In 2011, thanks to the collection of new evidence, both Echols and his colleagues were acquitted and left prison, avoiding the death penalty. Since then, Damien Echols has published many motivational books in which he described how he managed to survive behind bars for as long as 17 years.
A few days ago, a man was asked what he thought about Eddie Munson’s plot and how he reacted to the fact that the series will feature a character inspired by his own story. Echols made it clear that he felt immensely honored. He also admitted that when he watched the famous scene where Eddie played Metallica’s “Master of Puppets” at 3am, his heart almost “exploded”.