Charles Bronson is back inside Britain’s toughest prison. It comes after he decided to attack 12 prison guards while smothered in butter; an action he has no remorse for. He returns to HMP Wakefield, which holds some of the most dangerous criminals.
While in HMP Wakefield, the criminal known originally as Michael Peterson, will not be allowed to contact anybody. He will remain in solitary confinement until he can prove he is not a danger to anybody or himself. This is not the first time he has found himself in solitary confinement since being locked away in the 1970s.
Bronson was originally convicted of petty robbery in 1974, and was supposed to remain in jail for seven years. However, a number of activities while locked behind bars has led to the 61-year-old facing a life sentence. Since originally walking into prison, he managed 68 days outside, but ended up back behind bars. He is now known as Britain’s most violent prisoner for his outbursts and lack of care for anyone else around him.
He has written an autobiography about his life, including that on the inside and outside. In the book he shared some of his reasons for his actions, as well as his views on some of the most notorious criminals in Britain. That book was then later turned into a movie, which stars Batman villain Tom Hardy.
The decision to take him back to Wakefield Prison came after “another rumble,” as mentioned by the 61-year-old. As an avid Spurs fan, he wanted to see Hull beat Arsenal. When Arsenal won, his temper took over and he started a fight in the yard. Bronson did come off worse with broken ribs and being put back inside Britain’s toughest prison.
During his time in prison, he has tried to do some good. To help his mother get away on holiday, he sold off his paintings. These are paintings he has created while being bars, as a way to help release some of his anger through his creativity. The paintings went on auction and raised around £3,000 for his mom. He did want more to be sold, but they currently belong to Kate Kray, wife of another notorious criminal Ronnie Kray (one of the Kray Twins). The paintings were auctioned with artwork from Kray, and showed the human element to the prisoners and how they view the inside.
The Krays were important people to Bronson. He often wrote about their influence while he was in prison, and mentioned that he saw Ronnie just before he attacked the guards. He swears the East End gangster told him to let the guards “have it,” and simply followed those orders.
Most people will be happy to hear that the 61-year-old is back inside HMP Wakefield, where he can be kept away from everyone else. They will remember his notorious behavior, and worry about the safety of other inmates and the guards looking after them. Bronson is being moved back to Britain’s toughest prison, where he will most likely indefinitely stay for the rest of his life.
By Alexandria Ingham