Gladiator Days - Anatomy of a Prison Murder
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Across the United States, violent crime in prison is an everyday reality, with inmates routinely exposed to assault, riot, rape and murder. Gladiator Days: Anatomy of a Prison Murder examines the culture of institutional violence through the events that led to one burtal prison murder. Utah State Prison surveillance cameras capture this disturbing real-life account of the vicious stabbing of black inmate Lonnie Blackmon by convicted murderer, white supremacist Troy Kell and his accomplice Eric Daniels.
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The young Tony Kell and his "philosophy" is briefly but fruitfully explored, and then there is a telling narrative of the very vacant inner man. In a wonderful moment Kell reflects upon his motives for committing the murder that put him in prison in the first place: Kell doesn't really know why he did it. He was just going to rough up a man who was hounding a young neighborhood female friend of his, but brought a gun to the event, and then well... things happened. You can see how loosely connected most of the group of murdering youngsters were to social consequences; the crime would have gone unsolved but for the fact that one of the killers kept bringing friends back to see the body to prove his boast of what he had done. The female friend, herself convicted as co-conspirator, adds a poignant contrast. She is neither evil nor violent, and if she hadn't complained to Tony about the man harassing her she would have grown up fairly normally and not have spent most of her life behind bars.
Along with the actual story I really enjoyed viewing the prison riot scenes that truly shows how tense and dangerous prison life can be. Some of the interview subjects, such as the D.A. guy, I found to be a little irritating and boring.
Anatomy of a Prison Murder is an intense and involving story that presents the dire realities of prison life and how one young man chose to take the darkest route to the pits of prison hell.
- Dean Reeves / Adjunct Professor / Metropolitan State College of Denver