In 2008, a woman who had been missing for 24 years was discovered to be locked up against her will in her father's basement for all those years. In a prison interview, the father said: "Just look into the cellars of other people, you might find other families and other girls down there." who.com.au/josef-fritzl-1…
In 1996, a 'fan' of serial killer Richard Ramirez married him in prison. However, she broke up with him in 2009 when DNA evidence showed that, in addition to the 13 adults he murdered, he also killed a 9-year-old girl. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ric…
Famous anarchist Peter Kropotkin once escaped from a Russian prison, evading searchers by going to one of St. Petersburg's fanciest restaurants with his friends, where the authorities wouldn't think to look for an anarchist en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pet…
Today I learned about Australian drug smuggler David McMillan who is the only Westerner to have successfully escaped Bangkok's notorious Klong Prem prison. He cut his cell bars with hacksaws, scaled seven inner walls, then mounting the outer wall using a bamboo ladder. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dav…
Australian serial killer Ivan Milat lost 25kg from a failed hunger strike in prison when he was denied a PlayStation en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iva…
Due to US prison regulations, there is a whole manufacturing industry dedicated to clear plastic TVs, radios and CD players without speakers (headset only) and even snacks (The Whole Shabang ) nbcnews.com/business/busi…
The famous image of musician Johnny Cash flipping the bird came about as a result of his frustration that a TV crew from the UK filming his performance in San Quentin prison were between him and the audience and wouldn't β€œclear the stage” upon him asking them to do so... wikipedia.org/wiki/At_San…
One of the people convicted during the (thoroughly debunked) Satanic Panic of the 80s, which accused daycare workers of abusing children for Satanic purposes, is still in prison en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cou…
In 1918, an American socialist called Eugene Debs was sentenced to 10 years in prison for criticizing the government participation in WWI, in prison he ran for president in the 1920 presidential election and managed to get 3.4% in the popular vote. wikipedia.org/wiki/Eugene…
Dwaine B. Tinsley, creator of the Chester the Molester cartoon, continued making cartoons for Hustler magazine even while he was serving a six year prison sentence for molesting his daughter over the course of five years. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Che…
A Guatemalan boy saw soldiers come into his village and murder his parents along with the rest of the village, was adopted and raised in an abusive household by one of the men who massacred the villagers, and later gave testimony that sent the killer to prison with a 6,000 year sentence newsinteractives.cbc.ca/l…
Chuck Berry wrote the song "You Never Can Tell" (which is the soundtrack to the dance sequence in Pulp Fiction) while he was incarcerated in federal prison. He was jailed for transporting a 14-year-old girl across state lines, a violation of the Mann Act. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/You…
Today I learned about Clementine Barnabet, an axe murdering voodoo priestess. In 1912 she was sentenced to life in prison. In 1913 she tried to escape, but was caught. However, in 1923, she was released after a surgical operation was believed to have cured her. No knowledge exists on her whereabouts afterward en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cle…
DMX successfully escaped an upstate new york prison in β€˜86, two weeks into his sentence classichiphopmagazine.com…
Today I learned about Jim Gordon, a famous drummer who played for many popular bands in the 70s and is now in prison after he murdered his mother during an episode of undiagnosed schizophrenia. rollingstone.com/music/mu…
Gordon Ramsay set up a business inside a London prison that taught inmates how to bake and sold the goods on the outside. Providing the prison with financial support while giving the inmates work experience they could use to find honest work after their sentence. theguardian.com/society/2…
Ariel Castro, the kidnapper who locked up and abused 3 missing girls including Amanda Berry for 10 years, committed suicide one month into his 1,000 year prison sentence. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ari…
In the live version of Johnny Cash's Folsom Prison Blues (recorded at Folsom) you can hear the audience cheering after the line "I shot a man in Reno / just to watch him die" ... but it was actually added in later. In reality, the prisoners avoided cheering, fearing reprisal from guards. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fol…
Today I learned about Yoshie Shiratori. He escaped Japanese prison 4 times. The first time he picked some simple locks, the next time he climbed up a wall and broke a skylight, the next time he dislocated his joints to escape through a small hole, and lastly he dug a hole with a bowl. Every time was different. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yos…
Today I learned of a real person named Leroy Jenkins. He was a televangelist faith healer in Ohio in the 1970's and went to prison for conspiring to commit arson. They made a movie about his life. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ler…
When an inmate enters San Pedro Prison they have to purchase a cell. They can purchase a cell from the prison mayor or freelance agents who typically advertises avaliable cells in restaurants and bulletin boards. Housing in the prison varies between $20 and $5,000 depending on the quality. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/San…
Missouri Deer poacher David Berry Jr Deer sentenced to watch Bambi in prison bbc.com/news/world-us-can…
The Johnny Cash song "Folsom Prison Blues" was not inspired by any real experience, but a movie, "Inside the Walls of Folsom Prison." tpr.org/show/texas-matter…
George C. Parker, the conman who fraudulently "sold" the Brooklyn Bridge multiple times, dodged his first prison sentence by grabbing a sheriff's uniform and walking out of the courthouse newspapers.com/image/5990…
When Nelson Mandela left the prison gates in 1990, one newsman shoved a modern microphone in his face. He recoiled slightly, wondering if it were some newfangled weapon that had been developed while he was in prison history.com/news/mandela-…
Today I learned of Pedro Rodrigues Filho (Killer Petey), who is a Brazilian serial killer who pursued and killed other criminals. His victims included 47 people who were murdered inside the prisons in which he was imprisoned. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ped…
Today I learned about Ernesto Miranda, the plaintiff in Miranda v Arizona, the Supreme Court case that resulted in the creation of the Miranda Warning. After his release from prison, Miranda made money by selling autographed Miranda warning cards for $1.50. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ern…
Ted Bundy was offered a plea deal of 75 years in prison if he confessed to some of his murders, but he backed out at the last minute because accepting meant he had to admit to the world that he was guilty and "he just couldn't do it". He was later executed via the electric chair. archive.seattletimes.com/…
In Avatar: The Last Airbender, Aang's flying bison Appa was captured and imprisoned at Lake Laogai, which served as the base of operations for the Dai Li. "Laogai" is the short for "LΓ‘odΓ²ng GaizΓ o", which literally means "reform through labour", a term used for real prison camps in China. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lao…
80's pop sensations Spandau Ballet got its name from the standard drop method hangings at Spandau Prison when the condemned would twitch and jump at the end of a rope. Spandau Prison was home to seven high ranking Nazis sentenced to imprisonment at the Nuremberg Trials. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spa…
Actor Sean Penn helped rescue Jacob Ostreicher, an American businessman, from a Bolivian prison; Penn personally nursed him back to health in his own home timesofisrael.com/sean-pe…
Today I learned of Yoshie Shiratori, who escaped from prison 4 times. First, he picked a lock, then he climbed the walls and escaped through a skylight. Third, through a narrow food slot in his door, and finally he dug a tunnel out. He was recaptured each time, and eventually released for good behavior. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yos…
Christopher Havens, a convicted murderer solves ancient math problem in prison. Taught himself higher math and solved the age-old math puzzle of number theory involving so-called continued fractions over which Euclid has already racked his brains. He then published the journal in January 2020. dw.com/en/murderer-solves…
Vatican City has the highest crime rate in the world, and since it has no long-term prison, the majority of the convictions result in fines instead of confinement and this is seen as a loophole that permits offenders to commit crimes without proper punishment. vatican.com/Crime-in-Vati…
A British company rebranded a golf ball locator device and sold it to several various militaries, and clamed it could detect explosive devices. In 2013, the inventor was sentenced to 10 years in prison for fraud. The device was a form of dowsing rod, and profited about Β£1.35 million. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ADE…
In 2015, Neil Moore, a prisoner serving time for a $2.7 million fraud conviction, walked out the front gate of a high security prison by forging his own release papers. npr.org/sections/thetwo-w…
The German parliament building, the Reichstag, has a memorial outside its front entrance, dedicated to its members of parliament that died "unnaturally" during the Nazi years, most in prisons or concentration camps. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mem…
In Massachusetts, frightening a Pidgeon could land you in prison malegislature.gov/Laws/Ge…
In 2007 that Philip Ray Workman requested a vegetarian pizza for his last meal, and that the pizza be given to homeless person. The prison refused but due to the media spreading word of his request, thousands of pizzas were donated to TN homeless shelters, with one shelter receiving 170 pizzas. nydailynews.com/news/crim…
Companies such as Wholefoods, Starbucks, Microsoft, IBM make use of prison labour blog.globaltel.com/compan…
In 1978 Tim Allen was arrested after he was caught drug trafficking with over 650 grams of cocaine. He provided the names of other dealers in exchange for a sentence of 3 - 7 years than a possible life imprisonment, serving two years and four months in a Federal prison. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tim…
Today I learned about Larry Mahoney, who killed 24 children and 3 adults on a bus while driving drunk. He was sentenced to 16 years in prison, and was released for good behavior at 10 years. courier-journal.com/story…
In 1986, a French woman studied for months so she could learn how to fly a helicopter. Then she rented one, flew it over a prison and grabbed her husband, a convicted bank robber, from the prison's roof. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
Today I learned about Nutraloaf, a meat loaf found in prisons that is so bland that a court ruled that serving it to misbehaving prisoners is a "cruel and unsual punishment" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nut…
That, while in prison before his cult murdered Sharon Tate and others, Charles Manson took a class based on Dale Carnegie’s β€œHow to Win Friends and Influence People.” It was from Carnegie’s lessons that Manson learned much of what he used to heavily influence and manipulate his followers. bloomberg.com/news/articl…
Lloyd Avery II, the man known for his role in Boyz in the Hood as the gunman who shoots down high school football star β€œRicky Baker” as he ran away, was later convicted of a double homicide in 2001 and sentenced to life in prison. While in prison he was killed by his cell mate in 2005. thetruecrimedatabase.com/…
Mercenary "Mad" Mike Hoare was also a chartered accountant. Even after leading two coups in Africa the association said it could not expel him despite protests from members as he had committed no offence. He was finally expelled after going to prison for his third coup, upsetting him deeeply en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mad…
Today I learned about Billy McFarland, the convicted fraudster behind the ill-fated Fyre festival who defrauded investors of $27.4 million dollars and is currently serving a six year sentence in federal prison. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bil…
- The most secure prison in the U.S. is the ADX Florence 'Supermax' prison located just south of Florence Colorado. sometimes-interesting.com…
In Germany you can be punished by up to one year in prison if you don't help someone who's in danger or has had an accident lewik.org/term/15890/omis…

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