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Notorious inmate who taunted police while on the run now sets up YouTube account from his jail cell

Pictured: Charles Bronson  

Charles Bronson, whose original name was Michael Gordon Peterson, was born in Luton, Bedfordshire, in 1952.

From a young age Bronson indulged in petty crime, joining a gang of four robbers at the age of 13.

He was given a number of suspended sentences and reprimands until he was first sent to jail for armed robbery in 1974 for seven years aged 22.

While in Walton Gaol, he randomly attacked two prisoners and was sent to Hull the following year.

In the next few years, Bronson continued to attack other inmates, adding months to his sentence and being switched between prisons.

At HMP Wandsworth, he tried to poison another prisoner, leading to him being sent to Parkhurst psychiatric facility where he befriended the infamous Kray twins. 

He even described the pair, who ruled the East End of London with their gang during the 1950s and 1960s, as ‘the best two guys I’ve ever met’.

Again, he continued to attack other prisoners, threaten police officers, took people hostage and even attempted suicide as he was moved from prison to prison.

In 1982, he performed a rooftop protest at Broadmoor, removing tiles from the top of the building. He took part in a number of protests over the years, causing hundreds of thousands of pounds worth of damage.

He was released in 1987, and began boxing in the East End of London, changing his name to Charles Bronson after the actor.

After just 69 days of freedom, he was once again jailed for armed robbery for seven years in 1988. 

In 1989, he created a spear out of a broken bottle and a broom handle and ran riot in the nude. 

Three years later, he was released – this time lasting 53 days outside jail. He was arrested for conspiracy to rob.

In 1993, he took a librarian hostage and asked police to get him a cup of tea, a helicopter, and an inflatable doll.

Three years later, he took two Iraqi prisoners hostage in Belmarsh, demanding a plane, sub-machine guns and ice cream from police negotiators before releasing them.

He was handed a life sentence in 1999 for taking Phil Danielson hostage and trashing the prison in a 44-hour long siege.  

In 2001, he married Fatema Saira Rehman, and converted to Islam, demanding to be known as Charles Ali Ahmed. After they divorced four years later, he renounced the religion.

In 2014, he changed his name to Charles Salvador, after Salvador Dali.  

Bronson and Paula Williamson met in 2016, and Bronson later proposed to her in 2017 by serenading her a version of the Frank Sinatra classic My Way, from a prison pay phone.

They married in November 2017, and walked down the aisle to the Death March. They had their marriage annulled in June 2019.

In total, Bronson has taken hostages in ten prison sieges and attacked at least 20 prison officers. 


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