Australia's Toughest Prisons: Inmates

Australia's Toughest Prisons: Inmates

by James Phelps


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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780143780533
Publisher: Penguin Random House Australia
Publication date: 08/01/2016
Pages: 272
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.50(h) x (d)

About the Author

James Phelps is an award-winning senior reporter for the Daily Telegraph and Sunday Telegraph in Sydney. He began as on overnight police rounds reporter before moving into sport, where he became one of Australia's best news-breaking rugby league reporters. James became News Corp Australia's Chief National Motorsports Writer. He is also a senior feature writer for the Sunday Telegraph. He is the author of Dick Johnson: The Autobiography of a True-Blue Aussie Sporting Legend; Australia's Hardest Prison: Inside the Walls of Long Bay Jail; and Australia's Most Murderous Prison. James is a twice V8 Supercar media award winner and a former News Awards Young Journalist of the Year and Sport Reporter of the Year.

Table of Contents

The Inmate Code vii

1 Introducing the Inmates 1

2 Making a Murderer 7

3 Reception, Race and Rape 35

4 Helicopters and Hollywood 57

5 The Alleged Hitman and Undisputed Hardman 85

6 [Craig's] Field of [Broken] Dreams 117

7 Holy Terror 149

8 Smuggling and Escapes 177

9 Horrible Histories 205

10 Pedos, Poofters and Pricks 221

Prison Talk 255

Select Bibliography 259

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