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14 Famous Criminals Who Were Murdered In Prison

Updated July 7, 2021 2.3m views14 items

For some criminals, the notoriety that comes with getting caught for horrific offenses is exactly what they want. The newspaper articles, biographies, and constant attention provide certain offenders with a sense of purpose as if they are celebrities who will have their names remembered long after they’re gone. Ultimately, though, gaining notoriety has plenty of downsides. For some offenders, fame is what leads to their untimely passing within the walls of a prison.

The men on this list have proven that maintaining a low profile in prison is better than having a famous name, since being well-known for their heinous actions is what got many of these offenders a death sentence not ordered by the legal system.

  • Jesse Anderson

    Video: YouTube

    Christopher Scarver killed Jeffrey Dahmer in prison, along with another inmate by the name of Jesse Anderson. Anderson was in prison for stabbing his wife. Both he and Dahmer were fatally beaten in the same incident.

    Scarver allegedly killed him because he initially blamed his wife's homicide on a Black man.

    • Age: Dec. at 37 (1957-1994)
  • Photo: South African History Online / Wikimedia Commons / CC BY-SA 4.0

    Steve Biko was best known for his anti-apartheid activism in the '60s and '70s in South Africa. He was the founder of the Black Consciousness Movement. In 1977, he was arrested as a terrorist by South African police. During his interrogation, he was tortured and beaten until he was in a coma. He died soon after of a brain hemorrhage.

    Although the police tried to claim it was Biko's hunger strike that proved fatal, the truth was soon revealed, resulting in headline news exposing the corrupt police. Unfortunately, the police were never charged. 

    • Age: Dec. at 30 (1946-1977)
    • Birthplace: King William's Town, Eastern Cape, Eastern Cape, Africa, South Africa
  • Colin Hatch

    Colin Hatch was convicted of killing 7-year-old Sean Williams and sentenced to life in prison in 1994.

    In 2011, Hatch was killed by a fellow inmate, but not much information was released about the killing. 

    • Between 1984 and 1985, Leslie Bailey killed and molested at least three children. He was a member of a ring of offenders who were also convicted.

      Bailey was strangled in his cell in a way that made it look like a suicide.


      • Age: 68