For some criminals, the notoriety that comes with getting caught for murder, rape, and other horrific crimes is exactly what they want. The newspaper articles, biographies, and constant attention that are often attached to the world’s most evil crimes give certain criminals a sense of purpose, as if they are celebrities who will have their names remembered long after they’re dead. Unfortunately, being a notorious criminal also has plenty of downsides, especially when you’re heading to a prison filled with other hardened criminals. For a few famous criminals, fame is what leads to their untimely death within the walls of prison.
If you’ve been wondering “Who are the most famous criminals to be murdered in prison?” this list holds the answers. The men on this list have proved that maintaining a low profile in prison beats having a famous name, since being well known for their heinous crimes is what got many of these criminals a death sentence not ordered by the legal system.
From cannibalistic serial killers to pedophiles who ruined the lives of hundreds of children, the men on this list were murdered in prison by fellow inmates, whether it was due to their notoriety or personal issues.
Albert DeSalvo was better known as the confessed "Boston Strangler," who killed 13 women. While DeSalvo never ended up in jail for those crimes, he served a prison sentence for being a serial rapist. DeSalvo attempted to escape from prison, but the escape was shortlived. In 1973, Robert Wilson was suspected of stabbing DeSalvo to death but he was never convicted for the crime.
Age: Died at 42 (1931-1973)
Birthplace: Chelsea, Boston, Massachusetts, United States of Americasee more on Albert DeSalvo
John Geoghan, a Catholic priest, was accused of sexually abusing more than 130 children over 30 years in six different parishes. He was charged in 1991, defrocked in 1998, and sentenced to nine years by 2002. In 2003, Geoghan was stomped to death by white supremacist, Joseph Druce. Since Druce had allegedly been planning to attack Georghan and a surveillance video of correction officers leaving the cell open was leaked, many believe that Georghan's murder was sanctioned by the officers.
Age: Died at 68 (1935-2003)
Profession: Priestsee more on John Geoghan
Jeffrey Dahmer is one of the most infamous serial killers in history, most known for his rape, murder, and cannibalism of men between 1978 and 1991. Once he was caught, he was placed into solitary confinement to ensure that his fellow inmates wouldn't hurt him. However, when he was let into general pop, there were multiple attempts on his life. He was beaten to death by Christopher Scarver, who gave no reasons as to why he killed Dahmer.
Age: Died at 34 (1960-1994)
Birthplace: West Allis, Wisconsin, United States of America
Profession: Criminalsee more on Jeffrey Dahmer
When Jeffrey Dahmer was murdered by Christopher Scarver while in prison, there was another inmate alone in the room with them: Jesse Anderson. Anderson was in prison for stabbing his wife. Both he and Dahmer were bludgeoned to death in the same incident. Scarver allegedly killed him because he initially blamed his wife's murder on two black men.
Age: Died at 37 (1957-1994)