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  • It was around nine in the morning when a rookie prison officer stood outside a cell located

  • in an administrative segregation wing at a Texas prison.

  • He was there to take a prisoner to another unit, but when the inmate got outside of the

  • cell he somehow slipped out of his handcuffs.

  • In the flash of an eye, the prisoner was beating the officer over the head with a metal bar.

  • The victim's colleagues not long after viewed CCTV footage that showed the inmate throwing

  • the officer's limp body down a staircase.

  • The officer, with less than a year on the job, left two children behind.

  • The man behind the attack later said to prison staff, “They didn't know how dangerous I

  • am.”

  • That's a true story, something that took place in 2015.

  • It's a brutal story, but if you've been a prison officer long enough it's not something

  • all that out of the ordinary.

  • Here are some other terrifying tales from those people tasked with trying to keep order

  • in some of the most dangerous places in the world.

  • 10.

  • The worst thing he'd ever seen This story was told by a retired prison guard.

  • He said that he'd seen everything in the prisons he'd worked in: people who'd been

  • stabbed to death; people who'd hanged themselves with bedsheets- all matter of carnage, but

  • only one time did something make him go into shock.

  • One day he was asked to take a prisoner to see the doctor.

  • When they arrived at medical, the guy was asked to pull up his pants.

  • Both his legs were bandaged.

  • When he removed the bandages, what the officer described seeing was, “rotted, abscessed

  • flesh.”

  • It turned out the inmate had been shooting up heroin for quite some time and he hadn't

  • taken care of infections in his legs.

  • The doctor tried to bend one of the inmate's legs and it oozed puss all over the place.

  • The doctor then asked the officer to leave the room.

  • When the officer asked why, the doctor replied, “You're going into shock, I need you to

  • leave before you pass out.”

  • As you'll see, it's not that uncommon for officers to see things that turn their

  • faces white as a sheet.

  • 9.

  • Extreme fights This one is short and involves a fight.

  • You all know fights break out in prison quite a lot, so we won't include too many regular

  • scrapping stories.

  • However, just to give you an idea of how extreme violence can get, here's what one prison

  • officer once saw.

  • One man approached another man and stuck a shank in his ear.

  • The blade broke off, so what did the man do?

  • He stomped on the shank.

  • According to the officer, the blade came out of the victim's mouth and he survived.

  • If you think that's bad, listen to how a fight changed one man's face forever.

  • 8.

  • Taking it on the chin One day an officer got a call that there was

  • a fight in the shower.

  • When he arrived at the scene one inmate had pushed another inmate over a bench in the

  • shower room, jumped on the guy, and then somehow during the tangle he'd bitten off the guy's

  • chin.

  • The officer, no stranger to violence, was the person responsible for scooping up the

  • bit of chin flesh that was on the floor.

  • If things weren't hectic enough, on the way to the hospital the ambulance hit a deer.

  • The officer, who was in the car behind, also hit the unfortunate animal.

  • Maybe inmates don't receive the best medical treatment, because the officer said that the

  • doctor seemed to just slap that bit of lost chin right onto the man's face.

  • Lo and behold, in not much time the wound became gangrenous and the guy almost died

  • from the infection.

  • His chin was never the same after that.

  • This next incredibly obscene story will make you think about how sanity can so easily be

  • lost in an isolation cell.

  • 7.

  • The birthday boy An officer was working in the segregation

  • unit when he looked through one of the doors.

  • What he saw was an inmate sitting on the floor with his legs around the toilet basin.

  • At the same time, the man had his hands in the toilet and looked as if he was chewing

  • on something.

  • The officer, thinking this didn't look good, said he opened the food slot in the door.

  • When he did that he was hit with the most repugnant odor.

  • This guy was eating his own excrement.

  • He called another officer for some help and both of them tried to talk the man out of

  • eating his own poop.

  • The guy then told the officers that he couldn't finish all hisbirthday cakeand did

  • they want some.

  • Obviously, a lot of time in solitary had driven the guy crazy.

  • Our next story proves that being a prison corrections officer means you have to have

  • a strong stomach, and a willingness to get very, very dirty.

  • 6.

  • The devil's bag This next story comes from an officer who

  • worked at LA's infamous Twin Towers Correctional Facility.

  • He said this place is well-known for the number of mentally ill inmates it is home to, so

  • it wasn't so uncommon for the guy to get home from work and after his wife asked him

  • about his day he'd say, “Er, another guy removed his own testicles.”

  • With that in mind, what was a really bad day for this officer?

  • He'd been called to this inmate's cell only to see through the door that the guy

  • had covered himself in his own poop.

  • This can happen at times since inmates want the officer's job to be hard when they try

  • and take them down to the floor.

  • But then the inmate grabbed more poop and just started packing his mouth with it.

  • According to the officer, the prisoner was trying to suffocate himself with poop.

  • Somehow the prisoner then got hold of a plastic bag, something he shouldn't have had in

  • his cell.

  • He put that bag around his poop-filled face and tried to suffocate himself some more.

  • That's when the officers got in the cell and pounced on him.

  • In the officer's own words, “I ruined my uniform that day.”

  • When the inmate was fully restrained the inmate just grinned, as if looking off into the distance.

  • The officer said, “I can't really convey how creepy it was, but you get my point.

  • He wouldn't respond to any of our questions, didn't cry, didn't say anything.”

  • The officer eventually got through to the guy and asked him where did he manage to find

  • a plastic bag.

  • The inmate looked at him with that grin still on his face and said, “The devil gave it

  • to me.”

  • Our next story is not for anyone squeamish at the sight of blood.

  • 5.

  • The bloody escape artist The next story was told by a former British

  • prison officer named Neil Samworth.

  • He's been featured in quite a few podcasts and has talked openly about some of the horrendous

  • things he saw on the job.

  • He said that day-to-day you might see sad and shocking things in a prison, but he also

  • said you have yourone-percenters.”

  • These are the guys that can still shock officers who've grown a very thick skin.

  • One such inmate had only been given a short sentence, but that was lengthened after a

  • few escape attempts.

  • One day this guy managed to get a gun sneaked into the prison hospital where he was housed,

  • and that time his escape was successful.

  • His freedom didn't last for long, though, and he was eventually sent to Strangeways

  • prison where Samworth worked.

  • Because of his ability to escape, he turned up at Strangeways connected to a body belt,

  • but he managed to slip even out of that.

  • Samworth said this guy had to be watched all the time because he was a chronic self-harmer.

  • He said the inmate was always respectful and polite, but he hated it when the light in

  • his cell was turned on.

  • One night he asked for it to be turned off, and Samworth asked his superior if he could

  • do that.

  • She said no.

  • It's worth mentioning here that Samworth has been critical at times of prisons and

  • prison officers.

  • The inmate proceeded to rip out all the light fittings, after which all the lights in the

  • other cells turned off because they were all connected.

  • The inmate then slid some of the fitting under the door, just to show off to the officers.

  • He soon taught other inmates how to take out the lights.

  • Apparently, it took some skill and effort.

  • But the inmate didn't stop there.

  • He may not have had the tools to self-harm, but using his own sharpened fingernails he

  • could create so much blood it filled the floor of the cell.

  • He did this so much, a kind of skin covered the floor.

  • The prison governor then decided the only thing for him was a special cell in the segregation

  • unit, but in that cell he managed to break through a wall and again pull out electrical

  • wires.

  • He then cut himself deeply and filled the cell with his own blood.

  • There was so much blood loss, he fainted.

  • Our next story is very eye-popping- literally.

  • 4.

  • An eye for an eye One prison officer told a story about two

  • cellmates whom he said were usually on good terms and never caused anyone any trouble.

  • For the most part, they were quiet and respectful.

  • Then one night the officer heard screaming coming from that cell.

  • He went to investigate and saw one of the inmates lying calmly on his bed with his eyes

  • closed.

  • The other guy was making the most awful noises.

  • In one of his hands was his own eyeball still dangling from the optic nerve and surrounded

  • by what looked like a foamy substance.

  • After the guy was sent to the hospital the officers asked the other inmate what had happened.

  • He told them matter-of-factly that his cellmate had been bothering him while he was trying

  • to sleep.

  • For that, he'd gotten the inmate down and scooped out his eyeball with a spoon.

  • He said he just wanted somepeace and quiet.”

  • Hope you aren't getting squeamish on us, because our next story has plenty of gore.

  • 3.

  • Blood and guts One officer said he had an inmate that had

  • gone into hospital to have some surgery on his stomach.

  • The inmate spent a few days in a hospital bed, and then was released.

  • One day when he was in his cell the officer walked past his door, only to see something

  • strange.

  • The inmate was sitting on the floor with his back to the door, his arms doing something

  • in front of him and his legs stretched out.

  • The officer decided that this didn't look right, especially when the inmate didn't

  • respond to questions.

  • This prisoner had never done anything harmful to himself in the past, but something was

  • amiss on this day.

  • When the officer said again, what are you doing, the inmate said, “Go away.”

  • This is what the officer said happened next: “I had the door opened by the control center

  • and when the door opened It let in enough light into the cell for me to see a bloody

  • handprint on the floor next to him.”

  • He ordered the inmate to stand up so he could be handcuffed.

  • This usually quiet prisoner did as he was told, except when he put his hands behind

  • him they were covered in blood.

  • The officer then got on his radio and asked for some backup.

  • What had happened is the inmate had taken out his stitches, but now since there was

  • easy access, he decided to go inside and start pulling bits of his guts out.

  • Why?

  • The inmate said he had wanted toplaywith them.

  • This is what the officer said about that day: “I've responded to stabbings, rapes, beatings,

  • large scale gang fights, I've had to forcefully lock down entire pods who were non-compliant

  • with directives to lock down.

  • And even with all of those experiences, the 'guts guy' as my coworkers and I call

  • him now, definitely stands out.”

  • Our next prison horror story proves that if you like your eyes safely inside your skull,

  • maybe do your best to stay out of prison.

  • 2.

  • The pirate This story comes from a juvenile prison in

  • the US.

  • According to a web forum, an officer said that two young offenders were housed in the

  • same cell, except one of the kids was well-known for being violent and the other kid was not

  • aggressive at all.

  • One day the violent kid decided he was going to extract a screw from a bench and hide it.

  • During the night he pulled out the screw and went over to where the other guy was sleeping.

  • He got on top of him and screamed out loud, “I'm going to make you a pirate.”

  • He proceeded to push the screw in the other guy's eye.

  • When the first responder got to the cell, he asked the inmate why he had done such a

  • thing.

  • The kid replied, “He looked at me the wrong way.”

  • Don't worry, our last prison horror story doesn't involve things getting shoved into

  • people's eyes, instead it includes something being shoved somewhere much more sensitive

  • Inmate G The officer telling this story said he used

  • to work at a prison in Tennessee.

  • He'd usually work on the medium security wings, which he enjoyed, but from time to

  • time because of staff shortages he was asked to work in the ultra max unit.

  • He said he dreaded those days because many of the inmates had serious mental issues.

  • One of those inmates he named Inmate G.

  • This guy was what you might call hard to control, and from the sounds of it, mentally unwell.

  • One day the officer was delivering food to each cell through the food slots and Inmate

  • G was shouting and screaming because it was taking too long.

  • In fact, he was so upset he made something called a “stinger”.

  • Despite what some of our viewers think, us guys at the Infographics Show have not done

  • hard time, so we'll let the officer describe in his own words what a stinger is:

  • “A paperclip or even notebook wire folded over to plug into the socket and have one

  • end stick out to get hot and light paper on fire.

  • The ultra max unit is set up so if anything is plugged in an outlet that cell's power

  • gets tripped.”

  • The officer then wrote up a disciplinary report, but because of what was going down, the entire

  • wing was screaming and shouting.

  • It was chaos.

  • Inmate G kept on shouting, so the officer called for some backup.

  • As the officer was waiting for help to arrive, Inmate G looked at him through the door.

  • He took out a pen and pulled out the wire spring.

  • He then started cutting himself on the wrist and around the throat with the wire, at which

  • point the officer got on the radio and asked for responders and medical staff to come.

  • Blood was everywhere, but Inmate G didn't stop there.

  • He stripped off his clothes, and for the next two minutes, he pushed that wire into his

  • urethra.

  • The officer later said about this, “We finally got him out of the cell and had to send him

  • to the special needs/medical prison down the road.

  • That was almost an every week thing with him.”

  • Now you need to watch, “Why No One Has Ever Escaped Devil's Island Prison.”

  • Or, have a look at, “What Happens In The H Unit At Federal Supermax Prison?”