Notorious Prisoner Charles Bronson Thinks He'll Be Free By The Time He's 70
Charles Bronson - now Salvador - reckons he'll be free in three years time when he's 70.
Writing from the high-security estate at HMP Woodhill in Milton Keynes, north-west of London, he told Metro.co.uk that when he's freed he intends to 'smash his way to the top of the art world and live a nice, simple, happy, honest life'.
The notorious prisoner, who as spent the majority of the last 45 years behind bars, is gearing up to challenge a ban on Parole Board hearings to be held in public.
This is because he wants his next hearing to be in the 'full public glare' as he applies for freedom.
He also claims that the process would be handled better if the decision to grant release was in the hands of a jury.
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In the letter, he wrote: "I've been saying for years all lifers should be entitled to a public parole hearing. I would go even further - let a jury decide.
"Let the real people see the injustices of this vindictive system. I am now 18 years over my tariff. It's become a complete farce."
He added: "I predict I will be freed before I'm 70. Then I can smash my way to the top of the art world and live a nice, simple, happy, honest life. A beautiful ending to a mad, crazy journey."
Bronson, who now goes by the name Charles Salvador after the painter Salvador Dali, was first locked up in 1974 and his sentence kept increasing due to attacks on guards and fellow inmates.
He was released after that and then jailed again for plotting another armed raid. He then held a prison teacher hostage in HMP Hull for 44 hours and was handed a discretionary life term in 2000.
His case has been reviewed by the Parole Board six times with any chance of freedom being knocked back.
Back in 2018 he hit the headlines when he was cleared of trying to cause grievous bodily harm to none other than the governor of the prison he was in.
Bronson represented himself at the trial at Leeds Crown Court, where he was acquitted of trying to gouge Wakefield Prison governor Mark Docherty's eyes out. Bronson danced a celebratory jig after the verdict was announced before describing British justice as the 'best in the world'.
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