By Charles Bronson
Charlie Bronson has spent 28 of the final 30 years in solitary confinement. He has been locked in dungeons, in iron bins concreted into the center of cells and, famously, in a cage. while he's unlocked, as much as 12 felony officials - occasionally in insurrection equipment and with canine - are status by means of. but this can be a guy of serious heat and humour who hasn't ever killed someone and has usually handled his gruelling existence with humour - in the course of a siege in 1993 he demanded an inflatable doll and a cup of tea. Now his tale is being become a Hollywood movie. Now during this extraordinary re-creation of his top promoting autobiography, Charlie unearths the reality approximately his remarkable lifestyles at the back of bars.
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