Barlinnie is one of the most notorious prisons in the world and for more than a hundred years it has held Glasgow's toughest and most violent men, swept up from the city streets. Ten men died on its gallows in the infamous Hanging Shed, including serial killer Peter Manuel. It has sparked rooftop protests and cell-block riots, and been home to godfathers of crime like Arthur Thompson Snr and Walter Norval.
Barlinnie was also the scene of one of the most controversial experiments in penal history, the Special Unit, where the likes of Jimmy Boyle and Hugh Collins were at the centre of a fierce battle between those who see prison as retribution and those who regard it as a step on the road to redemption, even for the most evil killers.
Paul Ferris, TC Campbell and gangleaders galore have languished behind its grim walls and, more than a hundred years on, Barlinnie still makes headlines. This is its fascinating, turbulent story.
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Table of Contents
1 Flying Slates, Burning Mattresses and Hostage Hell 5
2 Bully Boys, Cold Custard and a Powder Keg 24
3 Waiting for a Co-Pilot and Other Miseries 37
4 Human Rats, Chess and out Through the Window 53
5 Dirty Cups and Finding God Behind Bars 74
6 Dog Boxes, Chamber Pots and Compensation 90
7 Famous Faces and Dirty Underwear 109
8 Broken Batons, Broken Heads 122
9 Trouble in the Cells, Trouble in Westminster 136
10 Death at the end of a Rope 150
11 The BSU - So Successful They Shut it Down 175
12 A Murderer, A Bampot and Lives Turned Around 195
13 At War in the Bar-L on Land and Sea 208
14 The Electric Chair and Plugging in to History 222
Barlinnie Timeline 232
Governors of Barlinnie Prison 234