A acusação era verdadeira: recém-formada, Piper teve um caso com uma traficante glamorosa que a convenceu a levar uma maleta de dinheiro para a Europa. Sua aventura pelo submundo do crime voltou à tona no dia em que a polícia bateu à porta dela. Depois de uma dolorosa odisseia pelo sistema judiciário americano, Piper é condenada a quinze meses de detenção numa penitenciária feminina no meio do nada — longe dos amigos, da família e de tudo o que ela conhecia.
Em Orange Is the New Black, Piper apresenta casos curiosos, perturbadores, comoventes e divertidos do dia a dia no presídio. Cercada de criminosas, logo percebe que aquelas mulheres são muito mais complexas do que ela imaginava. Ao mesmo tempo que aprende a conviver com regras arbitrárias e um rigoroso código de conduta, Piper revela as alegrias e angústias das presidiárias e analisa a crueldade com que o sistema carcerário as desumaniza e faz com que sejam invisíveis ao mundo exterior.
Este libro es la sorprendente y vívida crónica de su reclusión, una experiencia única que le permitirá redescubrirse a sí misma y enfrentarse a un sinfín de retos diarios. La relación a distancia con su novio, los cacheos de los guardas, su trabajo como electricista, pero por encima de todo, su amistad con el resto de reclusas, un amplio abanico de personajes dispares que incluye a cocineras rusas vinculadas a la mafia, lesbianas dementes con el corazón roto y abuelas pacifistas fanáticas del fitness.
North Korea’s political prison camps have existed twice as long as Stalin’s Soviet gulags and twelve times as long as the Nazi concentration camps. No one born and raised in these camps is known to have escaped. No one, that is, except Shin Dong-hyuk.
In Escape From Camp 14, Blaine Harden unlocks the secrets of the world’s most repressive totalitarian state through the story of Shin’s shocking imprisonment and his astounding getaway. Shin knew nothing of civilized existence—he saw his mother as a competitor for food, guards raised him to be a snitch, and he witnessed the execution of his mother and brother.
The late “Dear Leader” Kim Jong Il was recognized throughout the world, but his country remains sealed as his third son and chosen heir, Kim Jong Eun, consolidates power. Few foreigners are allowed in, and few North Koreans are able to leave. North Korea is hungry, bankrupt, and armed with nuclear weapons. It is also a human rights catastrophe. Between 150,000 and 200,000 people work as slaves in its political prison camps. These camps are clearly visible in satellite photographs, yet North Korea’s government denies they exist.
Harden’s harrowing narrative exposes this hidden dystopia, focusing on an extraordinary young man who came of age inside the highest security prison in the highest security state. Escape from Camp 14 offers an unequalled inside account of one of the world’s darkest nations. It is a tale of endurance and courage, survival and hope.
Caught smuggling half a million euros’ worth of cocaine, Paul Keany was sexually assaulted by Venezuelan anti-drugs officers before being sentenced to eight years in the notorious Los Teques prison outside Caracas. There he was plunged into a nightmarish world of coke-fuelled killings, gun battles, stabbings, extortion and forced hunger strikes until finally, just over two years into his sentence, he gained early parole and embarked on a daring escape from South America . . .
Aided by his extensive prison diaries, Keany reveals the true horror of life inside Los Teques: a shocking underworld behind bars where inmates pay protection money to stay alive, prostitutes do the rounds and vast amounts of cocaine are smuggled in for cell-block bosses to sell on to prisoners for huge profits. The Cocaine Diaries is a remarkable story, told by Keany with honesty, courage and even humour, despite knowing that every day behind bars might have been his last.
Richard Kuklinski was Sammy the Bull Gravano's partner in the killing of Paul Castellano, then head of the Gambino crime family, at Sparks Steakhouse. Mob boss John Gotti hired him to torture and kill the neighbor who accidentally ran over his child. For an additional price, Kuklinski would make his victims suffer; he conducted this sadistic business with coldhearted intensity and shocking efficiency, never disappointing his customers. By his own estimate, he killed over two hundred men, taking enormous pride in his variety and ferocity of technique.
This trail of murder lasted over thirty years and took Kuklinski all over America and to the far corners of the earth, Brazil, Africa, and Europe. Along the way, he married, had three children, and put them through Catholic school. His daughter's medical condition meant regular stays in children's hospitals, where Kuklinski was remembered, not as a gangster, but as an affectionate father, extremely kind to children. Each Christmas found the Kuklinski home festooned in colorful lights; each summer was a succession of block parties.
His family never suspected a thing.
Richard Kuklinski is now the subject of the major motion picture titled "The Iceman"(2013), starring James Franco, Winona Ryder, Ray Liotta, and Chris Evans.