Barlinnie Story

Barlinnie Story

by Robert Jeffrey


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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781845022679
Publisher: Black & White Publishing
Publication date: 02/02/2010
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 1

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

Index 235

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