While I'm exploring the wide variety of alternate suspects I can't ignore the fact that, despite the many glaring problems with the evidence presented against him court, Echols was actually a good suspect for this crime. And as I have asked posters to please respect the spirit of these threads elsewhere, I likewise ask that we here refrain from the usual endless quibbling and the usual chestnuts regarding the fact he was already convicted -- we have heard all this before, and there's OTHER threads for arguing guilt or innocence, many of them, for that purpose. -- This-- thread is for exploring the reasons WHY you think Echols WAS a good suspect. Prior to the court case, let's say. Please do not derail it. Please, TRY to treat this as a -suspect- thread, rather than a 'he's guilty! cuz the court said so!" thread. Ok? That said, here's one good reason, to kick the thread off: -- Damien was known to be violent, and to make threats of extreme violence toward other kids and adults around him.