June 24, 2006

Alcatraz of the Rockies

I've never taken the boat out to Alcatraz Island in San Francisco Bay. It's on the list of things to do this summer. I was reading an article about Terry Nichols this week and the writer mentioned Supermax, the prison where Nichols is kept. That's a cool name for a prison, but it's not the true name. The Supermax or Florence or ADX Florence is the ultimate in maximum security prisons located in the Colorado Rocky Mountains. It's the home of some pretty bad dudes. Here's a who's who of some of the prisoners held there. Instead of giving you a biography of these guys, I challenge you to google them and see why they are being held in the world's most high security prison. You crimelibrary folks should love this.

Ted Kaczynski
Zacarias Moussaoui
Woody Harrelson's dad
Ramzi Yousef
Omar Abdel-Rahman
Larry Hoover
Richard Reid
Eric Rudolph
Tupac Shakur's stepfather
Matthew Hale
Luis Felipe
Dwight York
Sammy Gravano

Let me know if you find anything interesting about these guys. And in case you were planning your summer vacation and needed a stop in Colorado, here's the application to visit (pdf). I can't imagine a lot of smiling happening in this place.

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