Studies had shown that prison can be a violent place, filled with potentially dangerous offenders living together in often overcrowded cellblocks. Believe it or not, serial killers are not the ones who have the most power behind bars. In at least 6 cases, even the evilest killers became victims of violence, leading to their brutal deaths.
Lee Roy Martin
Lee Roy Martin, responsible for at least 4 murders of young girls, is known for his communications with the Gaffney Ledger editor Bill Gibbons in which he gave Gibbons a list of names and locations of the women he had killed.
Martin, also known as the Gaffney Strangler, was found stabbed to death by another prison inmate, Kenneth Rumsey on May 31, 1972. Rumsey later took his own life in prison.
Known for the brutal murders of three young Tucson girls and his boastful ego, Charles Schmid had received the ultimate prison attitude adjustment.
After being sentenced to death and failing a few attempts to escape from prison, “The Pied Piper of Tucson” finally executed his prison break in 1965. On November 11, Schmid escaped from prison with a fellow triple murderer, Raymond Hudgens. Following their escape, the fugitives took four people hostage on a ranch in Arizona and within days, were finally recaptured and returned to prison.
On March 10, 1975, Schmid was stabbed 47 times by two fellow prisoners during a prison brawl.
Thor Nis Christiansen
In 1980, a Danish-American serial killer Thor Nis Christiansen was sentenced to life in prison for killing 4 women (three of which had a similar appearance) between November 20, 1976, and April 18, 1979.
Christiansen had been captured after his fifth intended victim, Lydia Preston, escaped with a bullet in her head. On July 11, 1979, Preston accidentally met Christiansen in the Bottom Line Bar in Hollywood and reported him to police, who promptly arrested him. After the arrest, Santa Barbara County investigators realized they had investigated Christiansen as a suspect in 1977.
On March 30, 1981, Christiansen was found dead in the exercise yard at Folsom State Prison with a single stab wound in his chest. To this day, his killer is still unidentified, although psychiatrists had warned that Christiansen would be in danger in prison, due to the sexual nature of his murders, and his youthful, blond appearance.
After being sentenced to life in prison in 1967 and escaping a mental hospital in February that year, Albert DeSalvo, the self-admitted Boston Strangler, was transferred to the Walpole maximum security prison.
On November 25, 1973, DeSalvo was found stabbed to death in the prison infirmary. Robert Wilson, who was associated with the Winter Hill Gang, was tried for DeSalvo’s murder but the trial ended in a hung jury – and no one was ever convicted of his murder. Walpole inmates continue to say nothing about the crime and it today remains unsolved.
Leopold Dion, the infamous Canadian sex offender and serial killer, sexually abused 21 boys, killing at least four, within a period of two months in 1963. The “Monster of Pont-Rouge” lured his victims posing as a photographer and was arrested the day after his last murder.
On 17 November 1972, Dion was stabbed to death by a fellow inmate named Normand “Lawrence d’Arabie” Champagne, who was later found not guilty of this crime by reason of insanity.
Jeffrey Dahmer, one of the most infamous American serial killers and sex offenders, responsible for 17 murders, has the longest record of life-threatening attacks in prison.
After being transferred from a solitary confinement, where he had been placed due to concerns for his physical safety, to a less secure unit, Dahmer was attacked twice.
In July 1994, an inmate attempted to slash Dahmer’s throat with a razor blade while the Milwaukee Cannibal was returning to his cell from a church service in the prison chapel. Dahmer escaped the incident with superficial wounds.
Four months later, while doing janitorial work in the prison gym, Dahmer and another inmate, Jesse Anderson, was severely beaten by fellow inmate Christopher Scarver with a broomstick handle. Dahmer died of severe head trauma while on his way to the hospital in an ambulance. Anderson died two days later.