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Famous Prisoners Who Committed Suicide 

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Updated November 6, 2017 17k views 14 items

Jail can weigh on the soul of even the most hardened criminals. Perhaps that's why these famous prisoners ended up committing suicide. Many of these notable prisoners who killed themselves were behind bars for murder; others were notorious war criminals.

Who numbers among these famous prison suicides? Dr. Harold Shipman was found guilty of over a dozen murders in 2000. He had administered lethal doses of pain medication to his patients, and then falsified their records to reflect "old age" as the cause of death. Shipman used bed sheets to hang himself in his cell in 2004 at the age of 57. In 2017, NFL player Aaron Hernandez committed suicide by hanging while serving out his murder sentence at Souza-Baranowski Correctional Center.

War criminal and Nazi Rudolf Hess was convicted of crimes against humanity for his part in the Holocaust. In 1987, at the age of 93, he hanged himself with an extension cord - though some people suspect that his death may have been a murder. Other famous prisoners who committed suicide include Ariel Castro, Lynn Turner, and Philip Markoff.

Do you think that justice has been properly served if a prisoner commits suicide? Take a look at this list and get in on the conversation in the comments section.

Aaron Hernandez is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Prisoners Who Committed Suicide
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NFL player Aaron Hernandez was found guilty of murdering Odin Lloyd in 2015 and sentenced to life in prison. On April 19, 2017, he committed suicide by hanging while serving out his sentence at Souza-Baranowski Correctional Center.

Age: 29

Birthplace: Bristol, Connecticut

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Dr. Harold Shipman was found guilty of 15 murders in 2000. He had administered lethal doses of pain medication to his patients, and then falsified their records to reflect "old age" as the cause of death. Shipman used bed sheets to hang himself in his cell in 2004 at the age of 57.

Age: Dec. at 58 (1946-2004)

Birthplace: Nottingham, United Kingdom

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Rudolf Hess is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Prisoners Who Committed Suicide
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War criminal and Nazi Rudolf Hess was convicted of crimes against humanity for his part in the Holocaust. In 1987, at the age of 93, he hanged himself with an extension cord. Some believe that his death may have been a murder, as Hess was quite frail at the time of his death; hanging himself would have been exceedingly difficult.

Age: Dec. at 93 (1894-1987)

Birthplace: Alexandria, Egypt

Ariel Castro is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Prisoners Who Committed Suicide
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In 2013, Ariel Castro was sentenced to life in prison for rape, kidnapping, and aggravated murder. He had kidnapped three women and held them for years. Castro was found hanging in his cell after serving only one month of his sentence.

Age: Dec. at 53 (1960-2013)

Birthplace: Cleveland, Ohio