Archive for December, 2012

PostHeaderIcon Shanks, Shivs, and Sliming

Life behind the bars and miles of looping razor wire of our country’s prisons and jails is not an easy existence. Not only do the inmates have to deal with the emotional stresses associated with being away from their families and homes, they have to adjust to living inside a six-by-nine concrete box. Sometimes, they even share that claustrophobic enclosure with one or two other prisoners.

Tensions can run high as the men and women in these institutions struggle to survive.  Sometimes, they find themselves fighting for their very lives. To assist them in their efforts to stay alive, inmates make weapons out of whatever materials they can find.

Prisoners are quite creative it comes to making their weapons. They’ve used material such as, toothbrushes, metal of any kind, rocks, glass, wire, newspaper, plastic, nails and screws, ping-pong balls filled with lighter fluid, bars of soap, padlocks, and even human feces.

A weapon made from a nail and electrical tape.


A large spike wrapped with tape and string.

Three nails and a piece of steel make for a nice punching/stabbing weapon.

A shank made from a piece of plastic. Tape is wrapped around the handle.

Stabbing, cutting, puncturing, and striking weapons.

Inmates often fill toothpaste tubes with feces and urine. Then they squirt the foul mixture on passing guards, or other enemies. This is known as sliming.

PostHeaderIcon Friday’s Heroes: Remembering The Fallen

The Graveyard Shift extends our condolences to the families of the officers who sacrificed everything to keep us safe.

Officer Jennifer Lynn Sabena, 30

Wauwatosa Wisconsin Police Department

December 24, 2012 – While working the midnight shift, Officer Jennifer Sabena stopped to take a short break at a local fire station. As she exited the building she was ambushed and was shot twice in the back of the head. The suspect then took the officer’s service weapon and used it to shoot her three more times. The shooter was her husband. He has since been arrested and charged with murder.

Corporal Jimmie Norman, 53

Bellaire Texas Police Department

December 24, 2012 – Corporal Jimmie Norman was shot and killed while attempting to take a combative suspect into custody. A civilian who tried to assist the officer was also shot and killed.

Officer Norman is survived by his wife and children.

*123 officers have lost their lives in the line of duty this year. 47 of those have been killed by gunfire.

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