Australia's Toughest Prisons: Inmates

Author: James Phelps

Publisher: Random House Australia

ISBN: 0143780522

Category: Prison violence

Page: 266

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These are the true and uncensored accounts of Australia's hardest inmates, from Australia's hardest inmates. Martin Bryant -- who killed 35 people and injured another 23 at Port Arthur in 1996 -- is a 160kg slob who trades sex for chocolate in Risdon Prison. Twenty years after Australia's worst massacre, his blond hair is gone, and so is his self-righteous smirk... but he is as evil as ever, showing no remorse for the crimes that shook the nation. He is just one of the killers in the rogues' gallery of Australia's Toughest Prisons: Inmates. You will meet the alleged hitman and undisputed hardman called 'Goldie', feared by both prisoners and guards alike. John Reginald Killick will tell you how he really escaped from Silverwater Jail in a helicopter and survived Pentridge Prison's notorious 'Hell Block'. And former Rugby League star Craig Field will tell you his incredible story of how one wrong pub punch landed him in prison limbo. From the rise of ISIS gangs, the lethal underground drug and tobacco trade, and the threat of contraband phones, to shiv fights, brawls and white-collar criminal beat-downs, the secret lives of Australia's most dangerous men will be on full display. Award-winning author and journalist James Phelps reveals the horror of life inside Australia's most notorious prisons, including Grafton, Cessnock, Pentridge, Minda, Risdon, Silverwater, and Lithgow.

Australia's Hardest Prison: Inside the Walls of Long Bay Jail

Author: James Phelps

Publisher: Random House Australia

ISBN: 0143780794

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 338

View: 3006


Welcome to Long Bay, Australia's hardest prison. For the first time, guards and inmates of the notorious South Sydney facility reveal what really goes on behind its towering concrete walls. Opened in 1909, Long Bay Jail, originally a women's reformatory, has a dark and extraordinary history. From ghosts to legendary prisoners, there has been an infamous collection of Long Bay "guests," including the formidable Neddy Smith, convicted rapists the Skaf brothers, and shamed entrepreneur Rene Rivkin. Former inmates Rodney Adler, Graham "Abo" Henry, Tom Domican, John Elias, and others tell all about the brutal reality of life behind bars. And "Mr Big" Ian Hall Saxon finally comes clean about his prison escape, which baffled the nation. Delve into the personal accounts of the prison guards, Long Bay's unsung heroes, as they open up about their experiences dealing with some of the most dangerous men in the country.

Green Is the New Black

Author: James Phelps

Publisher: Ebury Australia

ISBN: 9780143782827

Category: Female offenders

Page: 320

View: 3474


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Australia's Most Murderous Prison

Author: James Phelps

Publisher: Random House Australia

ISBN: 0857987518

Category: Correctional personnel

Page: 288

View: 1193


An unprecedented spate of murders in the 1990s --seven in just three years--earned Goulburn Jail the ominous name of "The Killing Fields." Inmates who were sentenced or transferred to the 130-year-old towering sandstone menace declared they had been given a death sentence. Gang alliances, power plays, contracted hits, the ice trade, the color of your skin--even mistaken identity--any number of things could seal your fate. The worst race war in the history of Australian prisons saw several groups--Aboriginal, Lebanese, Asian, Islander, and Anglo--wage a vicious and uncontrollable battle for power. Every day there were stabbings. Every day there were bashings. And then there was murder. A controversial policy known as "racial clustering" might have put an end to the Killing Fields, but soon something far scarier would arise, something called Supermax . . . Within the stark white walls, clinical halls, and solitary confinement, it is where Australia's most evil men are locked away. It is home to serial killer Ivan Milat; the "Terror Five," militants who plotted attacks across Sydney in 2005; Brothers 4 Life founder Bassam Hamzy, and gang rapist Bilal Skaf, to name a few. Murderers, terrorists, serial killers, gangsters, and rapists--soon you will meet them all inside Australia's most murderous prison.

American Prisons and Jails: An Encyclopedia of Controversies and Trends [2 volumes]

Author: Vidisha Barua Worley,Robert M. Worley

Publisher: ABC-CLIO

ISBN: 1610695011

Category: Social Science

Page: 816

View: 7762


This two-volume encyclopedia provides a comprehensive and authoritative examination of the history and current character of American prisons and jails and their place in the U.S. corrections system. • Contains approximately 225 entries, comprehensively examining all aspects of American prisons and jails • Includes an Annotated List of Relevant Organizations and Institutes for ease of reference • Provides a chronology of important developments related to prisons and jails in US history • Lists print, electronic, and multimedia resources in a bibliography for readers interested in exploring the topic further

Australian Heist

Author: James Phelps

Publisher: HarperCollins

ISBN: 1460710231

Category: True Crime

Page: 368

View: 4083


Australia's Number 1 True Crime Writer on Australia's Greatest Gold Robbery. On 15 June 1862, a gang of bushrangers held up a gold escort at Eugowra, just east of Forbes, NSW. They escaped with a pile of cash and 77 kilograms of gold, worth about $10 million today. It remains the largest gold robbery in Australian history. In this riveting re-creation of the events, James Phelps finally tells the full story of how Frank Gardiner, Ben Hall, John O'Meally, Johnny Gilbert, Henry Manns, Alexander Fordyce, John Bow and Dan Charters planned and executed the robbery - and what happened to all that gold. Australian Heist is a thrilling, fast-paced and thoroughly modern take on one of the most extraordinary episodes in the nation's history, by Australia's number-one true-crime writer.

Power on the Inside

Author: Mitchel P. Roth

Publisher: Reaktion Books

ISBN: 1789143241

Category: History

Page: 352

View: 3417


Power on the Inside is the first book to examine the historical development of prison gangs worldwide, from those that emerged inside mid-nineteenth-century Neapolitan prisons to the new generation of younger inmates challenging the status quo within gang subcultures today. Historian-criminologist Mitchel P. Roth examines prison gangs throughout the world, from the Americas, Oceania, and South Africa to Southeast Asia, Europe, and beyond. The book examines the many variables that influence the evolution of prison subcultures, from colonialism and population demographics to prison architecture and staff-prisoner relations. Power on the Inside features eighty historical and contemporary images and will inform professionals in the field as well as general readers who want to know more about the realities of prison gangs today.

Australian Code Breakers

Author: James Phelps

Publisher: HarperCollins

ISBN: 1460710223

Category: History

Page: 230

View: 9072


The extraordinary story of a headmaster turned cryptographer, and our top-secret war with the Kaiser's Reich. On 11 August 1914, just days after war had been declared, Australian Captain J.T. Richardson boarded a German merchant vessel fleeing Melbourne's Port Phillip and audaciously seized a top-secret naval codebook. The fledgling Australian Navy had an opportunity to immediately change the course of the war. But what exactly had they found? Enter the Australian code breakers ... Recruited by savvy top brass, maths whizz and German speaker Frederick Wheatley worked night and day to fathom the basic principles of the code and start tracking the German Navy's powerful East Asia Squadron, led by the brilliant Maximilian von Spee. Soon Melbourne was a hub of international Allied intelligence. This is the untold story of how a former Australian headmaster and his mostly female team cracked one of Germany's most complex codes, paving the way for the greatest Allied naval victory of World War I.

Are You Tough Enough? The Toughest, Bloodiest and Hardest Challenges in the World

Author: Helen Summer

Publisher: Kings Road Publishing

ISBN: 1784189219

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 300

View: 555


Each year, thousands of competitors pit themselves against the elements, extremes of geography and their own psyches to take part in the world’s hardest physical challenges. From the cold of the highest peaks to the unforgiving heat of the desert, by water, bike or foot seemingly ordinary people are undertaking extraordinary feats. Whether seeking to prove themselves as athletes, or attempting to escape the humdrum, one thing they all have in common is an unbreakable drive to test the very limits of their endurance. Are You Tough Enough? looks at over 60 of the most extreme marathons, triathlons, bike rides and other iconic endurance events from around the globe, taking in the hottest, coldest, highest and most remote locations, and the toughest, cruellest and wackiest challenges. With a detailed description of each event, featuring personal stories from competitors, this book offers massive highs and excruciating lows, shows just what we can achieve in pushing the bounds of human endeavour. A licensed UK Athletics endurance coach, Helen Summer has been involved in running for many years, both as a club and county runner. She has written for various publications including running magazines, women’s publications and the Food & Drink Guide.