A Brit who spent over three decades in some of the toughest prisons in the United States has revealed how he protected a fellow lag who had been left with an embarrassing tattoo.
Jamie Morgan Kane was imprisoned in 1984 after pleading guilty to first degree murder in the states.
After serving 34 and a half years in the US prison system, he was released from incarceration after serving time for a crime he now claims he didn't commit.
Now, he has revealed all about his time inside in a brilliant new book Behind the Granite Walls.
In it, we learn of a moment where Jamie helped a fellow prisoner early on in his time in the clink.
After being placed in a Special Housing Unit – a specific area of prisons reserved for serious crimes like murder and rape known as the SHU – Jamie quickly made a friend.
He writes: "It was at this time that I met a young white guy who had been given a tattoo by a couple of cousins. Unfortunately, this particular tattoo was getting him grief from many of the other inmates.
"He was just a skinny kid, and the tattoo on his left shoulder was a large rooster with a very visible erect penis."
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This was causing quite a few problems for the lad, with Jamie having to step in to stop him being harassed while in and around the prison showers.
It was during one moment like this that Jamie had a light-bulb moment to help out the poor fellow after hearing just why he had gotten a rooster with a visible penis as permanent artwork.
Jamie explains in the book: "He had wanted (a tattoo), but his cousins got him drunk and instead of doing what he wanted, gave him this one as a joke. I decided to offer him some advice.
"I told him that 'instead of being ashamed of it, you ought to wear it as a badge of honour. When anyone asks you about it, tell them loud and proud – that’s right, I am Rooster and I am the Cock O’ the Walk. Then walk away and leave them with that thought.’
"He suddenly smiled, and I saw his shoulders go back. He now owned it and I knew he would be all right."
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In an amazing twist, Jamie had heard from the same fella 35 years after getting released from prison.
He had gotten in touch to thank Jamie for his help after seeing his first book 34 Years In Hell.
Jamie has since claimed that he was framed for the crime – saying that he returned to his American home to find a dead man before disposing of the body.
Now aged 68, the former convict calls Gateshead home and managed to finally get his birth registered – some 68 years after being sold as a baby and being brought to Canada.
Behind The Granite Walls, published by Mirror Books £8.99, is on sale now and can be bought on Amazon.
Jamie is also the author of 34 Years In Hell, another Mirror Books publication that goes into greater detail about his interactions with Charles Manson.
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