Author(s): James Phelps
CONVICTED rapist Bilal Skaf would not shut-up. "Give me a cigarette," he screamed. For 15 minutes he repeated the three words, his demands driving the other prisoners mad. Just give him a cigarette chief," yelled one of the inmates, his plea bouncing of the cold concrete walls. "Shut the rapist up," screamed another. "Or let us at him and we will shut him up ourselves. For good." It was the gang rapist's first night in jail. He did not care about the other prisoners who were desperate to bash him. He just wanted a smoke. The prison guard on duty eventually heard the prison plea. He unlocked Skaf's cell door, standing in the shadows with a baton in one hand and a nicotine patch in the other. "What's that?" Skaf asked. The guard told him it would fix him up and stop his cravings. "And what do I do with it?" he asked. The prison guard looked at Skaf with a straight face. "If you really want a fix you need to rip the tabs off and stick it on your testicles," the guard said. "That will sort you out." Skaf pull down his pants and whacked the patch on his scrotum. "Thanks chief," he said. The silence of night was broken an hour later. Skaf was screaming in pain and throwing up. He had turned green. "His balls had turned black," revealed a former prison guard. "And he was as sick as a dog. He was rolling around the floor in pain. And all the other prisoners were rolling around the floor in laughter." Welcome to Long Bay, Australia's hardest prison. For the first time prison guards, inmates and all those that have worked in and around the notorious South Sydney facility will reveal what goes on behind the towering concrete walls. Hear first hand accounts of life behind bars from Rodney Adler, Graham "Abo" Henry, Tom Dominican and John Elias to name a few. We also solve one of the Australia's crime histories with the infamous "Mr Big", Ian Saxon Hall speaking for the first time about his escape and his life behind bars. And you will also meet the most dangerous prisoner in an Australian jail; a woman, who they never want to let out.
James Phelps is an award winning senior reporter for the Daily and Sunday Telegraph in Sydney. He began as on overnight police rounds reporter before moving into sport where he became one of Australia's best news breaking rugby league reporters. James became News Australia's Chief National Motorsport's Writer and travelled the world chasing F1 stories as well as becoming Australia's No.1 V8 Supercar reporter. James is also a senior feature writer for the Sunday Telegraph. Following the best selling Dick Johnson: the Autobiography of a True-Blue Aussie Sporting Legend, James has returned to his roots to delve into the criminal underworld with his first crime book: Australia's Hardest Prison; Inside the Walls of Long Bay Jail. James is a twice V8 Supercar media award winner and a former News Awards "Young Journalist of the Year" and "Sport Reporter of the Year".