Charles Bronson born Michael Gordon Peterson, is one of the most infamous of all institutionalized criminals in the British Prison System. Jailed in 1974 for armed robbery (in which he stole £26.18) his sentence was repeatedly extended by decades for a long list of crimes he committed in jail.
Bronson’ prison career is an A-Z of rebellion against the system and during his time served in over 120 different prisons he has become infamous for his crazed and violent behavior particularly against prison officers. Bronson’s penchant for hostage taking and destructive roof top protests is legendary. In one roof top protest at Broadmoor he caused £750,000 in Damage,
Briefly released in 1987 Bronson spent fifty three days as a free man before once again being jailed on a robbery charge. Charles Bronson has spent 28 of the last 30 years in solitary confinement.
Crimeziners will be familiar with Director Nicolas Winding Refn of Drive fame,the man responsible for making the crazed movie about Bronson’s life. But there also Bronson Books available, The excellent Solitary Fitness book, in which fitness fanatic Bronson outlines how to stay in shape in solitary. There is also a book of his award winning poems and a biography co-penned with John Blake. And the name? He got it on the bare-knuckle boxing circuit when a (presumably very brave) promotor suggested his real name didn’t sound tough enough. So just how fit is Charles Bronson? Charlies training regime includes 3,000 push-ups every day. Not bad for 59.
Charlie has contacted Crimezine to point out that he has not been diagnosed as a psychopath, and although he was diagnosed as Criminally Insane during the 1970’s He is now —quite sane, despite what the ‘media’ ‘Bronson the movie’ and others who do not know him would have us believe. Crimeziners who wish to read further about the ongoing campaign to Free Charles Bronson should check out the link below.