Charles "Charlie" Bronson the "most violent prisoner in Britain

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Charles "Charlie" Bronson the "most violent prisoner in Britain

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Charles "Charlie" Bronson (born Michael Gordon Peterson, 6 December 1952)
often referred to in the British press as the "most violent prisoner in Britain"

Bronson Weights in At 300 Pounds and Stand At 6 Feet 7 Inchs


Britain's most violent prisoner driver
Name: Britain's most violent prisoner driver
Type: Direct Damage
Required position: Bent down
Forced Position: Stunned
Preparation: My name''s Charles Bronson. And all my life, I wanted to be famous. I knew I was made for better things. I had a calling. I just didn''t know what as. I wasn''t
Finalization: singing. Can''t fricking act. Running out of choices really. ... aren''t we?

I am going to make you famous

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Your introduction: Ring Announcer: "Introducing first, From Luton, Bedfordshire, United Kingdom, Standing at 1,828.8 Millimeters Tall and Weighting in at 19.86 Stone ,Prisoner: A8076AG, AKA Britain's Most Violent Prisoner Bronson"

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Charles "Charlie" Bronson (born Michael Gordon Peterson, 6 December 1952) is an English criminal often referred to in the British press as the "most violent prisoner in Britain".[2] Born in Luton, England, Peterson often found his way into fights before he began a bare-knuckle boxing career in the East End of London. His promoter was not happy with his name and suggested he change it to Charles Bronson.

In 1974 he was imprisoned for a robbery and sentenced to seven years. While in prison he began making a name for himself as a loose cannon often fighting convicts and prison guards. These fights added years onto his sentence. Regarded as a problem prisoner, he was moved 120 times throughout Her Majesty's Prison Service and spent most of that time in solitary confinement. What was originally a seven year term stretched out to a fourteen year sentence that resulted in his first wife Irene, with whom he had a son, leaving him. He was released on October 30, 1988 but only spent 69 days free before he was arrested again.

While in jail in 2001 he married his second wife Fatema Saira Rehman, a Bangladeshi-born divorcée who inspired him to convert to Islam taking the name of Charles Ali Ahmed. The second marriage lasted four years before he got divorced and renounced Islam. Known as one of the hardest criminals in England, Bronson has written many books about his experiences and famous prisoners he has met throughout his internment. A self-declared fitness fanatic, Bronson has also written a book on working out in small places.

Early life

Luton, England, which Bronson considers his home townBronson was born Michael Gordon Peterson at 59 Long Croft Road, Luton, England. He was one of three boys [3] and his parents, Eira and Joe Peterson, would later run the Conservative club in Aberystwyth, and his uncle and aunt were mayor and mayoress of the town in the 1960s and 1970s. His aunt, Eileen Parry, is quoted as saying "As a boy he was a lovely lad. He was obviously bright and always good with children. He was gentle and mild-mannered, never a bully – he would defend the weak."[4]

When he was a teenager, Bronson moved with his family to Ellesmere Port, Cheshire, where he started getting into trouble. Bronson later returned to Luton, which is often referred to as his home town, where he earned a living as a circus strongman. He was married in December 1970 to Irene, with whom he had a son, Michael.

[edit] Boxing career and name change
Prior to being imprisoned, Bronson had a short-lived career in bare-knuckle boxing in the East End of London, during which time he became an associate of Lenny McLean. On the website it states that Charlie changed his name from Mick Peterson to Charles Bronson by his fight promoter in 1987[5], "not because he liked the idea of the ‘Death Wish’ films starring the original Charles Bronson."

Life in prison

Ashworth Hospital where Bronson spent some time as mental patientBronson was imprisoned for seven years in 1974, aged 22, for an armed robbery at a Post Office in Little Sutton, a suburb of Ellesmere Port, during which he stole just £26.18.[7] His sentence has been repeatedly extended for crimes committed within prison, which include wounding with intent, wounding, criminal damage, grievous bodily harm, false imprisonment, blackmail and threatening to kill.

Bronson has served all but four of his years in prison in solitary confinement due to a number of hostage situations, rooftop protests, and repeated attacks on prison staff and on other inmates. His dangerous behaviour has meant that he has spent time in over 120 different prisons, including all three maximum security hospitals: Broadmoor Hospital, Rampton Secure Hospital, and Ashworth Hospital.[8]

Bronson has spent a total of just four months and nine days out of custody since 1974. He was released on 30 October 1988 and spent 69 days as a free man before being arrested for robbery, and then released again on 9 November 1992, spending 53 days as a free man before being arrested again, this time for conspiracy to rob.[4]

In 1999 a special prison unit was set up for Bronson and two other violent prisoners from Woodhill, to reduce the risk they posed to staff and other prisoners.[9]

In 2000, Bronson received a discretionary life sentence with a three year tariff for a hostage-taking incident. His appeal against this sentence was denied in 2004.[10]

Bronson remained a "Category A" prisoner when he was moved to Wakefield High-Security Prison.[11] He was due for a parole hearing in September 2008, but this was postponed when his lawyer objected to a one-hour parole interview, requesting a full day to deal with Bronson's case.[12] The parole hearing took place on 11 March 2009 and parole was refused shortly afterwards.[13] The Parole Board said that Mr Bronson had not proved he was a reformed character.[14]

[edit] Hostage incidents

Belmarsh Prison where Bronson took two Iraqi hijackers hostageBronson has been involved in over a dozen hostage incidents, some of which are described below:

Bronson took hostages and staged a 47-hour rooftop protest at Broadmoor in 1983, causing £750,000 of damage.[15]
In 1994, while holding a guard hostage at Woodhill Prison, Milton Keynes, he demanded an inflatable doll, a helicopter and a cup of tea as ransom. Two months later, he held deputy governor Adrian Wallace hostage for five hours at Hull prison, injuring him so badly he was off work for five weeks.[4]
In 1998, Bronson took two Iraqi hijackers and another inmate hostage at Belmarsh prison in London. He insisted his hostages address him as "General" and told negotiators he would eat one of his victims quickly unless his demands were met. At one stage, Bronson demanded one of the Iraqis hit him "very hard" over the head with a metal tray. When the hostage refused, Bronson slashed his own shoulder six times with a razor blade. He later told staff: "I'm going to start snapping necks – I'm the number-one hostage taker." He demanded a plane to take him to Cuba, two Uzi sub-machine guns, 5,000 rounds of ammunition, and an axe. In court, he said he was "as guilty as Adolf Hitler", adding "I was on a mission of madness, but now I'm on a mission of peace and all I want to do now is go home and have a pint with my son." Another seven years were added to his sentence.[4]
In 1999 he took Phil Danielson, a civilian education officer hostage at Hull prison.[3] He can be seen in CCTV footage singing the song "Yellow Submarine", walking around with a makeshift spear (after having caused havoc inside the prison) and causing the wing to be locked up for over 40 hours. Footage of the incident can be seen here.[3]
In 2007, two prison staff members at Full Sutton high security prison in the East Riding of Yorkshire were involved in a "control and restraint incident", in an attempt to prevent another hostage situation, during which Bronson (who now needs spectacles) had his glasses broken. Bronson received £200 compensation for his broken glasses,[11] which he claimed were made of "pre-war gold" and given to him by Lord Longford.