Banged Up

Banged Up

by David Leslie


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Britain's prisons have dealt with a vast range of inmates over the years - from infamous criminals to celebrities to the wrongfully convicted. Banged Up now tells the story of six of Britain's most notorious jails - Durham, Wandsworth, Pentonville, Wormwood Scrubs, Dartmoor and Hollow - and of the men and women who entered their gates, sometimes stood on their scaffolds and occasionally vanished before their time. There are famous faces like Oswald Mosley, Dr Crippen, Ruth Ellis and Frankie Fraser as well as the man who shot Martin Luther King Jr, the wartime double agent contacting Nazi spy masters with a transmitter in his cell, the doctor hanged as he smiled at the farewells of lovers, the con who defied a gangland godfather, aristocrats, arsonists and murderers. They have all been here, and the screws who guard Britain's prisons have seen it all. Banged Up Covers the real, human, inside story of what really goes on behind the forbidding prison entrances and cell doors of Durham, Wandsworth, Pentonville, wormwood Scrubs, Dartmoor and Holloway and reveals new stories of what life behind bars was really like for those unfortunate enough to hear the cell doors slam behind them.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781845028480
Publisher: Black & White Publishing
Publication date: 02/01/2015
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

Preface xi

1 Into the Unknown 1

2 Cucking and Ducking 12

3 The Three Sisters 27

4 Massacre 37

5 Porridge Riot 49

6 Flight to Freedom 59

7 Mothers in Shackles 66

8 Death on the Moor 74

9 A Day at the Races 85

10 The Spy 93

11 Escape to a Life Sentence 101

12 John McVicar 105

13 Letter From a Runaway 114

14 Escape With a Bible 122

15 Hanging Chair 128

16 Money For Old Rope 137

17 Clean Slate 144

18 The Haunted Hangman 155

19 Acid-Bath Vampire 166

20 The Fatal Dab 175

21 Women on the Scaffold 181

22 Death at the Tower 190

23 Trapped By Sausages 198

24 A Man Called Snow 209

25 Suffragettes 220

26 Internees 228

27 The Fenians 235

28 Dead and Rotten 245

29 Celebrity Con 254

30 The Naughty Vicar 263

31 A Thieving Queen 272

32 Red-Blooded Blue Blood 281

33 Deadly Drink 290

34 Lum Up 293

Epilogue 307

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