If you fill a prison with the nation’s most dangerous people, that prison, naturally, will be a dangerous place. And even with Alcatraz Federal Penitentiary's notoriously strong security, those people occasionally strike with sensational violence. We look at some of the most grisly murders that took place at the hands of inmates at 'The Rock.'
A notorious Boston mob boss serving a life sentence for his part in 11 slayings, James 'Whitey' Bulger, 89, was ailing and confined to a wheelchair on October 30, 2018, when he was slain at the U.S. Penitentiary Hazelton. But the details around his death remain murky.
Lee Boyd Malvo, part of the D.C. Sniper duo who terrorized the Washington, D.C. area in a series of murders, is serving life in prison without parole. But Malvo, who was 17 at the time of the killing spree, will soon face a hearing before the U.S. Supreme Court. At issue is whether Malvo's sentence can be reconsidered after changes to rulings regarding juvenile criminals.
Derrick Jamison, who spent 20 years in prison for murder before being exonerated on his execution day, and Robert Dunham, executive director of the Death Penalty Information Center, tell us what it's like in the final hours leading up to an execution.
Drugs are killing Americans in record numbers, but not everyone is being hit equally hard. Police and public-health workers battling the problem near Interstate Highway I-65—which runs south-to-north through Alabama, Tennessee, Kentucky and Indiana—are at its front lines. The highway is a supply line favored by Mexican cartels flooding Appalachia and the Midwest.
Chris Watts, the Colorado man serving three life sentences for the brutal murder of his wife and two young daughters claims to have had a religious conversion behind bars and is now an evangelical Christian. Murderers David Berkowitz, Jeffrey Dahmer and Karla Faye Tucker also claimed to have found or rediscovered God after being incarcerated. We speak with experts about why so many notorious criminals might make such claims while behind bars.