Gladiator Days: Anatomy of a Prison Murder (2002)

Genres - Culture & Society  |   Sub-Genres - Biography, Law & Crime, Race & Ethnicity  |   Run Time - 60 min.  |  
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Part of the America Undercover series, this gritty documentary special from HBO examines the culture of violence in prisons, focusing on the brutal murder of inmate Lonnie Blackmon. At a Utah State Prison, white supremacist convict Troy Kell was captured on the prison security camera in the act of the murder. Interviews with Kell himself, his accomplice, his prosecutor, and the victim's brother reveal the details and the aftermath of this vicious case. Kell's criminal history is also explored through interviews from his involvement in a 1986 murder up until his status on death row.

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accomplice [criminal], inmate, murder, prison, racism, stabbing, violence