It is estimated there are anywhere from 80,000 - 100,000 people currently living in solitary confinement in the U.S alone.
This is where the most dangerous criminals in the U.S spend their days. They are allowed little to no outside contact and they are under strict supervision.
So today, we are going to take a look at some of these terrifying prisoners.
Here are the top ten (10)prisoners left in solitary confinement.
1. Robert Maudsley
Robert Maudsley is considered Britain's most dangerous criminal. He was originally convicted for one murder but he killed three people in prison which got him placed in solitary confinement.
In 1977, Maudsley and another inmate held another prisoner hostage. They ended up torturing him for 9 hours, before cracking his head open and killing him.
Now, it is rumored they may have eaten some of that prisoners brain. After that, he murdered two more inmates which got him placed in solitary confinement.
He was locked up in a glass cell under Wakefield Prison. In fact, he spent 23 hours of each day there.
2. Aileen Wuornos
Aileen Wuornos, also known as "Damsel of Death" was responsible for killing 7 men. She claimed it was self defense but later pleased guilty to all the murders.
She would murder them, rob them, and then drive home in their cars. Due to this, she was nicknamed "America's first female serial killer".
Aileen was placed in solitary confinement for quite some time. Then, she started to grow paranoid. She thought the people cooking her food were spitting in it.
Then, she also claimed she was being attacked by a sonic weapon. As a result, she wanted the court to hurry up with her death sentence.
On October 9, 2002, Aileen died by lethal injection.
3. Thomas Silverstein
Thomas Edward Silverstein was an American criminal jailed for armed robbery in 1978, but while in prison, he committed numerous other crimes.
In 1983, he killed a prison officer by stabbing him multiple times, and then he killed two other inmates.
As a result, he was detained in a specially designed cell at the EDX Federal Penitentiary in Colorado.
Due to the crimes he committed in jail, he was considered the most violent prisoner in America at that time.
He was also referred to as "America's most isolated man".
He was considered so dangerous that he was transferred to a federal prison in Atlanta. There, he was confined in a 6×7 foot cell.
He was constantly under surveillance, in fact, the lights in his cell was never turned off, so that they can always keep an eye on him.
He died at the age of 67 and he served the longest time in solitary confinement in the federal penitentiary system.
4. John Massey
In 1975, John Massey got into a fight with a pub's bouncer, and he shot him in the chest. At the age of 26, he was sentenced to life in prison for murder.
But while in prison, Massey managed to escape three times!
His most notorious escape was when he made a makeshift rope out if sheets and a pair of heavy duty gloves to climb over the prison wall.
As a result of his escapes, he was placed in solitary confinement and he was allowed out for only 15 minutes each day!
He was considered one of Britain's longest serving prisoner.
He was eventually released after spending 43 years behind bars.
5. Dennis Rader
Between the years of 1974 to 1991, American serial killer Dennis Rader took the lives of 10 people.
In 2005, he was convicted of his crimes and now he is facing 175 years in solitary confinement, without the possibility of parole.
Now, Dennis likes to go by the name, "BTK" or the "BTK Strangler" which stands for "Bind them, Torture them, and Kill them".
To this day, Dennis is considered one of the most diabolical serial killers in American history.
That says a lot about who this guy is. Thankfully, he is locked away and has no chance of escaping.
6. Ian Brady
Between 1963 and 1965, Ian Brady and his accomplice tortured, abused, and killed 5 children aged between 10 - 17.
They would bury their victims on the Moors, outside of Manchester which earned them the nickname "The Moors Murderers".
The crimes they committed was horrific and Brady expressed no remorse. As a result, he was left in solitary confinement. His only contact with the outside world was through letters.
It is said that in his spare time, he would memorize all the pages of Shakespeare and play them, and recite them to himself.
He would also often interact with television programs.
Brady died in prison on May 15 2017, at the age of 79.
7. Ian Manuel
In 1991, Ian was only 13 years old when he shot a woman in the face, blowing out part of her jaw during a robbery.
Thankfully, she survived and as a result of his crime, he was tried and convicted as an adult, and he was sentenced to 65 years in prison.
He was one of the youngest inmates in the Tampa State Penitentiary.
Manuel spent 15+ years in isolation, making him the longest serving inmate in solitary confinement in Florida.
Eventually, he was released after the woman he shot actually fought for his freedom, claiming everyone does dumb things when they are young and she didn't want him to waste his life I jail.
8. The Man in the Iron Mask
"The man in the iron mask" is the name given to an unidentified man arrested in 1669 or 1670. He was in prison during the reign of king Louis XIV of France.
What's so scary about this prisoner is how his identity is always kept unknown. He was forced to wear a mask that blocked hid face.
Some say he wore a black velvet mask while others reported it was iron mask.
Apparently the guards were ordered to shoot this man if he ever removed the mask. On top of that, he was kept in a solitary confinement with double doors.
He was kept there for the rest of his life until he died in November 19, 1703.
9. Jesse Pomeroy
Jesse Pomery otherwise known as the "Boston Boy Fiend" or the "Boy Torturer" was convicted of countless murders at the age of 14 in 1875.
He would abuse, torture and then kill his victims. In fact, he was the youngest person in the history of Massachusetts to be convicted of first degree murder.
When Jesse was caught, he confessed to the murders and was sentenced to live in the West Burrow Reform School until he was 18.
However, while he was at the school, he committed other murders, that's when he was sent to prison and placed in solitary confinement.
His only interactions were with his guard and his mom who would visit him once a month.
10. Elizabeth Bathory
Elizabeth Báthory otherwise known as "The countess who bathed in blood" was a serial killer in Hungary back in the 16th Century. It is believed that she had murdered up to 650 girls.
She is also considered the most vicious female serial killer in all of recorded history.
It is believed that her husband was a big influence in her killings. Apparently, he told her to torture her cervix. He sent for her to pour honey all over them and let the insects eat them.
But her killings didn't start until she met a witch called Anna Darvula. This witch told her that bathing in the blood of the young will help her maintain her youth and this is what she did.
Eventually, Elizabeth was sentenced to life in solitary confinement. She was locked up in her castle's torture chamber. The windows and doors were boarded up with her inside.
There was only a small hole in which food was passed in through. On August 21st 1611, she passed away.
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