Skip to comments.Rudolph: Prison causing mental illness(Olympic bomber)
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.
And he wasn't at least a little nuts before he got to prison?
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.
Where is the worlds smallest violin when you need it?
I do not think he needs to be driven crazy,it is only a short walk for him.
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.
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...
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.
If you can't do the time...........
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.
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.
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.
It reads to me he's complaining BECAUSE Hector can't come over to play.
Thanks, I needed that. DM
That is GREAT photoshopping - looks pretty real. :-)
WHY isn't saddam there???? Be great to see how HE handles it.
Let's ask Richard Jewell whether he thinks it's OK to go easier on Rudolph now. ;)
Oh. As if. Like you weren't a whackjob when you decided to bomb the Olympics?
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.
There's a rope with his name on it, that's waiting for him.
Oh yeah, that's rich, coming from this goober!
Iraqis Line Up to Put Hussein in the Noose
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 ministers 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.
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...
What, no TV?
How very crewel!
I bet if we had more prisons like this we would have fewer repeat offenders.
o yeah - like "cruel and inhumane punishment" maybe the french cud name a street 4 him !
The ACLU won't touch him. They only represent left wing murderers.
It ain't supposed to be. Rudolph isn't in there for rehabilitation; he's being punished for his murderous actions.
Actually, a Muslim prisoner (a famous one, I can't remember which) recently claimed the exact same stuff.
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It sounds just like my job and I'm just a mathematician.
And mathematicians don't go insa...
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.