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Famous Prisoners at ADX Florence Facility 

Alfred E. Neuman
Updated August 14, 2019 318.4k views 65 items

The United States Penitentiary ADX is a federal supermax prison located in Colorado - and it is the prison El Chapo is going to. It is sometimes referred to as "the Alcatraz of the Rockies." The supermax prison is home to inmates the federal prison system have declared the most dangerous in the country. Violent gang leaders, foreign and domestic terrorists, and inmates with a history of violent crimes towards fellow inmates and prison guards can all be found at ADX Florence. 

Who is the most famous prisoner at the ADX Florence Facility? Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh used to top the list. The Gulf War veteran detonated a truck bomb in front of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in 1995 killing 168 people and injuring over 600. Now, El Chapo is the most dangerous man at the prison. Cartel Lord El Chapo, born Joaquín Guzmán, once claimed he killed 2,000-3,000 people. At ADX Florence, McVeigh was housed on “Bombers Row” along with Unabomber Ted Kaczynski, New York Latin Kings founder Luis Felipe, and the 1993 World Trade Center terrorist Ramzi Yousef.

Here are the most dangerous criminals locked up in the "unescapable" Colorado supermax prison.


Timothy McVeigh is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Prisoners at ADX Florence Facility
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Timothy James McVeigh (April 23, 1968 – June 11, 2001) was an American domestic terrorist who perpetrated the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing that killed 168 people and injured over 680 others. The bombing was the deadliest act of terrorism in the United States prior to the September 11 attacks, and remains the deadliest act of domestic terrorism in United States history. A Gulf War veteran, McVeigh sought revenge against the federal government for the 1993 Waco siege that ended in the deaths of 86 people, many of whom were children, exactly two years before the bombing, as well as the 1992 Ruby Ridge incident and American foreign policy. He hoped to inspire a revolution against the federal ...more on Wikipedia

Age: Dec. at 33 (1968-2001)

Birthplace: Lockport, New York, United States of America

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Michael Swango is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Prisoners at ADX Florence Facility
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Michael Swango

Joseph Michael Swango (born October 21, 1954) is an American licensed physician and an admitted serial killer. Swango has been estimated to have been involved in as many as 60 fatal poisonings of patients and colleagues, though he only admitted to causing four deaths. He was sentenced in 2000 to three consecutive life terms without the possibility of parole, and is serving that sentence at the ADX Florence supermax prison near Florence, Colorado. ...more on Wikipedia

Age: 64

Birthplace: Tacoma, Washington

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David Lane is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Prisoners at ADX Florence Facility
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David Lane

David Eden Lane (November 2, 1938 – May 28, 2007) was an anti-American white separatist and convicted felon. A member of the domestic terror group The Order, he was convicted and sentenced to 190 years in prison for racketeering; conspiracy; and for violating the civil rights of Alan Berg, a Jewish radio talk show host, who was murdered by another member of the group on June 18, 1984. He died while incarcerated in the Federal Correctional Complex in Terre Haute, Indiana.Lane coined the best-known slogan of the white supremacist movement in North America, the Fourteen Words. He has been described by the Southern Poverty Law Center as "one of the most important ideologues of contemporary white ...more on Wikipedia

Age: Dec. at 69 (1938-2007)

Birthplace: Woden, Iowa

Robert Hanssen is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Prisoners at ADX Florence Facility
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Robert Philip Hanssen (born April 18, 1944) is a former Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) agent who spied for Soviet and Russian intelligence services against the United States from 1979 to 2001. His espionage was described by the Department of Justice as "possibly the worst intelligence disaster in U.S. history." He is currently serving 15 consecutive life sentences at ADX Florence, a federal supermax prison near Florence, Colorado. In 1979, three years after joining the FBI, Hanssen approached the Soviet GRU to offer his services, launching his first espionage cycle, which lasted until 1981. Hanssen restarted his espionage activities in 1985 and continued until 1991 when he broke off ...more on Wikipedia

Age: 74

Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois