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Rudolph: Prison causing mental illness(Olympic bomber)
AP ^ | 12/11/06

Posted on 12/11/2006 3:33:41 PM PST by Valin

FLORENCE, Colo. -- Olympic bomber Eric Rudolph laments in a series of letters to a newspaper that the maximum-security federal prison where he is spending the rest of his life is designed to drive him insane. "It is a closed-off world designed to isolate inmates from social and environmental stimuli, with the ultimate purpose of causing mental illness and chronic physical conditions such as diabetes, heart disease and arthritis," he wrote in one letter to The Gazette of Colorado Springs.

Rudolph, who was captured in 2003 while scavenging for food behind a grocery store in Murphy, N.C., wrote that he spends 23 hours a day in his 7-by-12-foot cell, his only exercise confined to an enclosed area he described as a "large empty swimming pool" divided into "dog-kennel style cages." "Using solitary confinement, Supermax is designed to inflict as much misery and pain as is constitutionally permissible," he wrote in a letter.

One of Rudolph's victims had no sympathy for him. "It gives me a great deal of pride to think he's never coming out of there," said Diane Derzis, who runs a Birmingham, Ala., women's clinic Rudolph bombed in 1998. "He should never see daylight again."

The newspaper reported in its Sunday editions that it has corresponded by mail with Rudolph for more than a year, and prison officials have refused the paper's request to interview Rudolph. The Gazette refused Rudolph's request that it publish his writings in their entirety. The newspaper said if it published articles, it would print portions of the letters as long as they were not hate literature or libelous. Rudolph, an anti-government extremist, pleaded guilty in April 2005 to setting the bomb that killed one person and wounded more than 100 at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics, and three other bombings, including a fatal explosion at a Birmingham clinic.


TOPICS: Culture/Society
KEYWORDS: crime; ericrudolph
Now you say you're lonely
You cry the whole night through
Well, you can cry me a river
Cry me a river I cried a river over you
1 posted on 12/11/2006 3:33:43 PM PST by Valin
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To: Valin

And he wasn't at least a little nuts before he got to prison?


2 posted on 12/11/2006 3:35:13 PM PST by Joe Boucher (an enemy of islam)
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To: Valin

My heart bleeds for you Hoss, If it were up to me I would put you out of your misery. As it is ,if I send you a ten foot length of rope I doubt they will give it to you.


3 posted on 12/11/2006 3:36:18 PM PST by sgtbono2002 (The fourth estate is a fifth column.)
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To: Valin

4 posted on 12/11/2006 3:36:46 PM PST by The Blitherer ("I will prepare and some day my chance will come.")
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To: Valin

Where is the worlds smallest violin when you need it?


5 posted on 12/11/2006 3:37:52 PM PST by duckman (I refuse to use a tag line...I mean it.)
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To: Joe Boucher

I do not think he needs to be driven crazy,it is only a short walk for him.


6 posted on 12/11/2006 3:38:15 PM PST by stockpirate (John Kerry & FBI files ==> http://www.freerepublic.com/~stockpirate/)
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To: Valin

I left the music area close to where the bomb went off 30 minutes before I would have been bombed by this guy at the Olympics. No joke.

Little sympathy here.


7 posted on 12/11/2006 3:38:56 PM PST by TFine80 (The 1994 Revolution Petered Out.... So Let's Try Again and Do It Right!)
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To: Valin
Olympic bomber Eric Rudolph laments in a series of letters to a newspaper that the maximum-security federal prison where he is spending the rest of his life is designed to drive him insane.

How would we tell the difference between the old Eric Rudolph and the new, "wild and crazy kind of guy" Eric Rudolph? It's not as if this guy was wrapped up very tightly to begin with...

8 posted on 12/11/2006 3:39:08 PM PST by BeHoldAPaleHorse (Dyslexics of the world, UNTIE!)
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To: Valin

He should convert to being a Muslim and then the ACLU and NY Times would scream bloodly murder.

Sounds like the terrorists at Gitmo Health & Fitness Vacation Spa get better treatment.


9 posted on 12/11/2006 3:40:20 PM PST by stockpirate (John Kerry & FBI files ==> http://www.freerepublic.com/~stockpirate/)
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To: Valin

If you can't do the time...........


10 posted on 12/11/2006 3:41:07 PM PST by stanz (Those who don't believe in evolution should go jump off the flat edge of the Earth.)
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To: Valin

I read this one today at work. A torrent of tears made it difficult to eat lunch. I'm all better now, though.

BTW, I like the supermax prison concept. Warehouse these subhumans like mushrooms.


11 posted on 12/11/2006 3:45:23 PM PST by WorkingClassFilth (Ever learning . . .)
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To: Valin

Hey, wouldn't it be worse if he had to complain about prison giving him AIDS instead of bi-polar disorder? I'd rather be incredibly lonely than constantly watching my @ss from some gigantic dude name Hector with a glass eye and a spider web tatooed on his face.


12 posted on 12/11/2006 3:45:47 PM PST by bpjam (Don't Blame Me. I Voted GOP.)
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To: duckman
"Where is the worlds smallest violin when you need it? "


13 posted on 12/11/2006 3:50:58 PM PST by pandemoniumreigns
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To: Valin

Well-known supermax inmates
Theodore Kaczynski, the Unabomber
Charles Harrelson, father of actor Woody Harrelson
Dandeny Muñoz Mosquera, former chief assassin for the Medellín Cartel of Colombia
Lee Boyd Malvo, conspirator in the 2002 Beltway sniper attacks
Terry Nichols, conspirator in the Oklahoma City bombing
Richard Reid, the "shoe bomber"
Eric Robert Rudolph, abortion clinic and 1996 Centennial Olympic Park bomber
Carlos Lehder, Colombian cocaine trafficker, a founding member of the Medellín Cartel
Christopher "Rizler" William Smith "Minnesota spam king"
Zacarias Moussaoui, the alleged "20th hijacker" in the September 11, 2001 attacks. Spared the death penalty when it was determined he was not directly involved in the 9/11 attacks.
Ivan Milat, Australia's worst serial killer. Responsible for the backpacker murders.
Ramzi Yusef, World Trade Center bomber.


14 posted on 12/11/2006 3:53:20 PM PST by Valin (History takes time. It is not an instant thing.)
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To: bpjam

It reads to me he's complaining BECAUSE Hector can't come over to play.


15 posted on 12/11/2006 3:54:19 PM PST by bigfootbob
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To: pandemoniumreigns

Thanks, I needed that. DM


16 posted on 12/11/2006 3:54:56 PM PST by duckman (I refuse to use a tag line...I mean it.)
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To: pandemoniumreigns

That is GREAT photoshopping - looks pretty real. :-)


17 posted on 12/11/2006 3:55:47 PM PST by jackibutterfly
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To: Valin

WHY isn't saddam there???? Be great to see how HE handles it.


18 posted on 12/11/2006 3:57:08 PM PST by jackibutterfly
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To: Valin

Let's ask Richard Jewell whether he thinks it's OK to go easier on Rudolph now. ;)


19 posted on 12/11/2006 3:58:43 PM PST by Mr. Jeeves ("When the government is invasive, the people are wanting." -- Tao Te Ching)
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To: Valin

Oh. As if. Like you weren't a whackjob when you decided to bomb the Olympics?


20 posted on 12/11/2006 4:07:32 PM PST by Hegemony Cricket (Attn. CBS Evening News chief: "Be a Hero - Save the World From this Cheerleader")
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To: Valin

He is trying to set up a legal case. He wants the ACLU to declare that the Supermax system is "cruel and unusual."

Prepare for a decade of legal wrangling.


21 posted on 12/11/2006 4:07:38 PM PST by the lone wolf (Good Luck, and watch out for stobor.)
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To: jackibutterfly

There's a rope with his name on it, that's waiting for him.


22 posted on 12/11/2006 4:17:34 PM PST by Valin (History takes time. It is not an instant thing.)
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To: Valin
Olympic bomber Eric Rudolph laments in a series of letters to a newspaper that the maximum-security federal prison where he is spending the rest of his life is designed to drive him insane.

Oh yeah, that's rich, coming from this goober!

23 posted on 12/11/2006 4:20:12 PM PST by SuziQ
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To: jackibutterfly

FYI
Iraqis Line Up to Put Hussein in the Noose

KIRK SEMPLE
http://www.theledger.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20061209/ZNYT03/612090350

BAGHDAD, Dec. 8 — One of the most coveted jobs in Iraq does not yet exist: the executioner for Saddam Hussein. The death sentence against Mr. Hussein is still under review by an appeals court, but hundreds of people have already started lobbying the prime minister’s office for the position.

They have sent messages through cabinet officials and their assistants, and by way of government guards and clerical workers. One candidate, an Iraqi Shiite living in London whose brother was killed by Mr. Hussein, telephoned an aide to the prime minister to say he was prepared to drop everything and fly to Baghdad to execute the former ruler.

“One of the hardest tasks will be to determine who gets to be the hangman because so many people want revenge for the loss of their loved ones,” said Basam Ridha, an adviser to Prime Minister Nuri Kamal al-Maliki.
(snip)


24 posted on 12/11/2006 4:23:14 PM PST by Valin (History takes time. It is not an instant thing.)
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To: jackibutterfly
Not mine jacki...just alittle google search...((;O)

But to be series for a minute...this guy was already a couple cans short of a six pack...when the right (or wrong) lawyer decides to make a name for himself, this could become a cause celeb for all kinds of lefty,s...

25 posted on 12/11/2006 4:23:53 PM PST by pandemoniumreigns
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To: SuziQ
I recall a caller to Sean Hanity(?) when Moussaoui was being sentenced, that after awhile they (the inmates) all go insane. You spend 23 hours a day in an 8X12 foot room, you get one hour a day recreation (a bare room with one set of pull up bars, 3 showers a week, all outside contact heavily monitored, a 12 inch window set in the ceiling that point up to the sky. So you pretty much spend your time all alone, no one too talk to. It ain't Club Fed.
26 posted on 12/11/2006 4:34:04 PM PST by Valin (History takes time. It is not an instant thing.)
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To: Valin
""Using solitary confinement, Supermax is designed to inflict as much misery and pain as is constitutionally permissible," he wrote in a letter."

Well. As long as it's 'constitutionally permissible' then we don't have a problem with it.
27 posted on 12/11/2006 4:56:08 PM PST by Bigh4u2 (Denial is the first requirement to be a liberal)
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To: Valin

What, no TV?

How very crewel!


28 posted on 12/11/2006 5:04:41 PM PST by Ole Okie
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To: Valin

I bet if we had more prisons like this we would have fewer repeat offenders.


29 posted on 12/11/2006 5:09:45 PM PST by Nuc1 (NUC1 Sub pusher SSN 668 (Liberals Aren't Patriots))
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To: stockpirate

o yeah - like "cruel and inhumane punishment" maybe the french cud name a street 4 him !


30 posted on 12/11/2006 5:13:18 PM PST by aumrl
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To: the lone wolf

The ACLU won't touch him. They only represent left wing murderers.


31 posted on 12/11/2006 6:26:48 PM PST by jim_trent
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To: Valin
It ain't Club Fed.

It ain't supposed to be. Rudolph isn't in there for rehabilitation; he's being punished for his murderous actions.

32 posted on 12/11/2006 8:51:23 PM PST by SuziQ
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To: stockpirate

Actually, a Muslim prisoner (a famous one, I can't remember which) recently claimed the exact same stuff.


33 posted on 12/11/2006 9:05:02 PM PST by AmishDude (I coined "Senator Ass" to describe Jim Webb. He may have already used it as a character in a novel.)
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To: AmishDude; stockpirate

See reply 26


34 posted on 12/11/2006 9:14:08 PM PST by Valin (History takes time. It is not an instant thing.)
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To: Valin

It sounds just like my job and I'm just a mathematician.

And mathematicians don't go insa...

Never mind.


35 posted on 12/11/2006 10:20:23 PM PST by AmishDude (I coined "Senator Ass" to describe Jim Webb. He may have already used it as a character in a novel.)
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To: Valin

There are way s to survive being alone like that, but not for the rest of your life with no one to talk to. It would certainly make one go the rest of the way over the edge.


36 posted on 12/12/2006 5:35:56 AM PST by stockpirate (John Kerry & FBI files ==> http://www.freerepublic.com/~stockpirate/)
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