The Complete Parkhurst Tales: Behind the Locked Gates of by Norman Parker, Frank Delaney

By Norman Parker, Frank Delaney

Revealing the key global of 1 of Britain's maximum safety jails as not anyone at the outdoor might be able to think, Norman Parker has spent over part his existence in legal. He was once published from felony after 23 non-stop years in felony. From his arrival in Parkhurst within the early Seventies as a category-A prisoner, he combined with a few of Britain's toughest circumstances. Parkhurst is immensely tricky. yet Norman Parker has one specified caliber that helped maintain him there - he's a average observer of the human situation. There at shut quarters he encountered: gangsters, corresponding to Reg and Ron Kray and Eddie Richardson; armed robbers, together with nice educate Robber Buster Edwards; characters comparable to Billy G, a widely known London membership proprietor who went robbing with John McVicar; and "Lambo" Rony Lambrianou of the Krays, in addition to a bunch of others who could turn out that Parkhurst itself was once this kind of risky position that you just needed to beware of your lifestyles.

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An increasingly agitated Barry would reply, ‘I can’t fucking help it,’ emphasising each word with dramatic gestures. Each time the statement was repeated, Barry’s voice would go up an octave and increase in volume. Dave should have known what was coming. From where I was standing, I could see Barry inexorably losing control.

Hardly had they laid down but a screw would call out that exercise time was over for another day. Men would climb reluctantly to their feet and amble back into the building. The sweet, fresh air would be replaced by the acrid, all-pervasive smell of piss. In places, the sickly sweet smell of shit would assail the nostrils. Unfriendly screws would shepherd men back into their cells. The doors would crash shut with an awesome finality, leaving each man incarcerated with only his loneliness and recent memories of the place by the pond.

Long years of watching the most abject human suffering had inured them to the daily misery that they were part of. If there was such a thing as a bedside manner here, it was characterised by indifference and downright cruelty. The few ‘medical’ patients were confined to a surgical ward where they waited for, or recovered from, operations. The rest were detained in the hospital under mental-health ‘sections’, awaiting certification and transfer to one of the ‘special hospitals’ for the criminally insane.

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