The Most Dangerous Prisoners in the USA

10 Most Dangerous Prisoners In The US 10 Michael Rudkin Okay, let’s start with Michael Rudkin, a former BOP guard at the Federal Correctional Institution in Danbury, Connecticut

So what did this guard do? Well, if there’s something Orange Is The New Black has taught us is that relationships between inmates and guards are pretty common – But Sam, that is just a SHOW and, besidesyeah, guard-inmate affairs are not allowed, but that doesn’t make Rudkin a dangerous criminal

You’re right But, you see, Rudkin not only established a relationship with the inmate, but they also plotted together to murder his wife Rudkin was charged in 2008 and received a 180-month prison sentence But wait, the real problem hadn’t even started yet While serving his sentence at FCI Coleman in Florida, Rudkin encouraged other prisoners to kill his ex-wife, her new boyfriend, his ex-inmate-lover, and a federal investigator

Predictably, he was charged with multiple offences, in April 2010, and was convicted – AGAIN He was sentenced to 1,080 months – 90 YEARS – in prison 9 Ramzi Yousef Like the majority of the criminals in this list, Yousef ended up in Supermax Florence prison in Colorado How do you get the ticket for the maximum-security prison? In Yousef’s case, first of all, you must be a convicted terrorist

In fact, Yousef was one of the main perpetrators of the World Trade Center bombing of 1993, the bombing of 1994 Philippine Airlines Flight 434, and also conspired in the Bojinka plot of 1995 It was in 1995 that Yousef was arrested by the Pakistani Inter-Services Intelligence and US Diplomatic Security Service in Islamabad With a top terrorist resume like his, he was extradited to the United States, where he received two life sentences with a bonus of 240 years

But you know, never say neverwith good behaviour those 240 years may even halve In any case, Yousef’s situation has worsened due to his lack of cooperation with the government

Additionally, in all these years, he never appeared to be remorseful or ashamed of his actions 8 Eric Rudolph Eric Rudolph is another terrorist sent to the supermax federal prison in Florence, in 2005 Rudolph was convicted for a series of anti-abortion and homophobic motivated bombings across the southern US between 1996-1998 He killed three people and injured a total of 150 others

However, despite the series of bombings perpetrated by Rudolph, he is mostly known for the Olympic Park bombing of 1996 He’s also well known for having spent five years on the FBI Top Ten Fugitive list Rudolph gave quite some trouble to the FBI It wasn’t easy to trace him Described by the Federal Bureau as a skilled outdoorsman, Rudolph managed to elude law enforcement officials for seven years, while hiding out in the mountains

Eventually, he was finally arrested in 2003, with a joint collaboration between federal and local investigators, while rummaging through a trash bin behind a rural grocery store in Murphy, North Carolina Since he ultimately pleaded guilty – and it took a while to get there – he was sentenced to multiple life sentences without the possibility of parole But he probably only pleaded guilty to avoid a potential death sentence 7 Ted Kaczynski Ted Kaczynski, who you’ll probably remember as Unabomber, represents one of the most fascinating serial killer cases in the US

– It is so appealing and explains a lot We don’t have that much time here but we’ll do our best to analyse such an intriguing and complex figure First of all, Kaczynski was a genius, a luminary mathematics professor who graduated from Harvard in 1962 He CHOSE to abandon his academic career in 1969 because he wanted to pursue a more primitive lifestyle, with a utopic plan in mind

He’s plan began taking form between 1978 and 1995, with a series of nationwide bombings aimed to target people involved with modern technology Kaczynski’s goal was to open society’s eyes, attacking industrialization while advocating a nature-centred form of anarchism He was arrested only in 1996 and is serving eight life sentences, without the possibility of parole at Supermax prison in Florence There he has befriended Ramzi Yousef and other bombings perpetrators The gang spent time discussing religion and politics

– Some of the most ingenious dangerous bombers in the world bringing their minds together that's not frightening at all 6

Terry Nichols I know that at this point, no matter how fascinating and unique each case may be, you’d have enough of criminal bombers But bear with me while we explore the story of the last bomber in the video Terry Nichols, born in 1955, built his life on short-term jobs, jumping from one job to another Then, in 1988, he joined the US Army – because, you knowyou must keep your options open What could a year or two in the army do? For once, it could lead to an unfortunate friendship It was right in the army that Nichols met Timothy McVeigh After less than a year of service, Nichols requested a hardship discharge

The army was over but not his relationship with McVeigh The two planned the bombing attack of an FBI building in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, of 1995 The bomb Nichols built killed 168 McVeigh was sentenced to death, Nichols to 61 consecutive life terms without the possibility of parole He is incarcerated – guess where? – at Supermax Florence prison

The prison houses only male inmates who are deemed the most dangerous threat to national security Its harsh conditions have earned the prison a place in the Guinness Book of World Records for most secure prisons in the world In fact, prisoners are allowed out of their cells only for limited social/legal visits, medical treatment, and a few hours a week of indoor or outdoor recreation 5 Lisa Montgomery Now that we’ve reached the middle of our list and we’ve finally put the bombers behind, things get a little creepy Wellmaybe not a little but seriously creepy So here’s the story of Lisa Montgomery It was 2004 when the small Missouri town of Skidmore – of about 300 people – was hit by a crime scandal Pregnant 23 years old Bobbie Jo Stinnett was found dead in her home on a Thursday afternoon by her mother Crime scene investigators later determined the in-vitro baby was stolen

Told you it was creepy Investigators soon traced 36 years old Lisa Montgomery who was found responsible for the murder of Stinnett As reported by Montgomery’s husband, the woman called him on Thursday afternoon saying she had gone shopping and then went into labour and had a baby Rightand he BELIEVED her Anyway, Montgomery was officially sentenced to death in March 2012 She is currently waiting for her death at Federal Medical Center in Fort Worth, Texas, where she's the only woman with a federal death sentence incarcerated at that facility 4

Thomas Silverstein Thomas Silverstein died last year at 67 He was a violent white supremacist who entered prison in 1971, at 19, when he was sent to San Quentin Prison in California for armed robbery, to never get out Surprisingly he's mostly famous not for the crimes who brought him to prison, but for his behaviour behind bars in the following years So, from San Quentin, he was moved to a facility in Kansas, where he was convicted for killing an inmate and moved to a maximum-security prison in Marion, Illinois Kansas' murder conviction was overturned, however, there, he ended up killing two inmates and fatally stabbed a guard

This happened around 1987 and bought him a ticket to a federal prison in Atlanta, where he was put in solitary confinement till his death In fact, it is believed that Silverstein has served the longest term in solitary confinement in the federal penitentiary system Quite a record! Seriously, just think how must be living in solitary confinement in a Supermax prison from 1987 to 2019 3 Vincent Basciano I know, for many of you the incarceration of an American mobster may look like a small thing compared to the other criminals in the list

After all, Vincent Basciano was convicted for illegal gambling and the murder of another mobster So, it’s like he’s a threat to the rest of the world, right? WRONG Let’s dispel the common belief that mobsters only kill themselves and that mafia bosses are so funny and cool characters to idolize The mafia is not what you see in movies People – all kinds of people, not only mobsters, the authorities involved – die constantly each year because of them

So, yeaha mobster must be considered as a threat globally Particularly if he’s affiliated with one of the biggest family clans of the American Mafia: the Bonanno family

Basciano was first convicted in 2006 for racketeering The following year, a second trial found him guilty for the murder of Frank Santoro, who tried to kidnap Basciano's son It was determined that Basciano had also conspired to kill prosecutor Greg Andres So, in 2011, Basciano was sentenced to life imprisonment without the possibility of parole 2

Larry Hoover Just as mafia organizations, US criminal gangs may be as much as dangerous Larry Hoover was born in 1950, in Jackson, Mississippi However, only a few years later, his family moved to Chicago, Illinois, where Hoover got to meet street gangs soon

He was only 13 when he joined the Supreme Gangsters By his early 20s, Hoover had been in and out of prison several times but, when in 1973 he and another Gangster Disciple, Andrew Howard, were charged with murdering dealer William Young his fate was met – harshly- He was sentenced to 150 to 200 years in prison, at the maximum-security Stateville Correctional Center in Crest Hill, Illinois However, surprisingly, behind bars, his power grew and grew, so as his gang members He recruited up to 30,000 members and sold more than $100 million in drugs a year

He even took control over the warden's office, which soon translated to riots and uprisings within the prison system So, in 1995, he was convicted of drug conspiracy and extortion and moved to – yep – the Supermax Florence prison 1 Richard Lee McNair We’ve reached the end of our journey through the most dangerous prisoners in the US And we saved the most peculiar for last

What makes Richard Lee McNair different from the others aren’t his crimes – burglary, murder and attempted murder to be precise – but rather his ability to trick authorities From the moment he was arrested for robbery in 1987, he never stopped escaping He first escaped using a lip balm to grease the handcuffs and squeeze out – See? Beauty products can really come in handy – The second time, he crawled out of a ventilation duct

The third time – this is pure genius guys – he got into a crate and mailed himself out of prison Once out of the prison walls, he even convinced a police officer he was a casual jogger running nearby Oh, and he also travelled to Canada twice to evade capture However, as hilarious as this sounds, McNair’s escape attempts made him one of the top fifteen fugitives wanted by US Marshals No need to say that he has spent most of his two-term life sentence in the Supermax Florence prison

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