Randall Via-- Red Onion Randy -- was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole in 2001. In this podcast Randy reports on daily life in Red Onion State Prison, the supermax facility in the Virginia Appalachians where he is serving his sentence.
Gimme the chicken tray! (Hilarious)
Randy tells a story of a showdown between Headbuster, a 6'2" gangbanger, and the rookie CO serving dinner trays on the tier. The ensuing standoff is resolved in the most unusual way. As Randy says, it's one of the funniest he's ever seen in prison. The episode features the hip hop music of Dutch Nelsar.
Twenty-two years into his sentence of life without the possibility of parole, Randy feels the walls of his cell closing in around him, his resilience at breaking point, his sense of hope fading. In this powerful confession of mental torment, Randy's spirit finally shines through -- he cannot give up, he will not -- but he sure comes close as he faces a situation that is truly ... a damn nightmare.
Red Onion Lullaby
Randy describes the many difficulties that Red Onion inmates face in getting a good night's sleep. A mix of noise, excessive light, physical discomfort, and anxiety all conspire to make night at ROSP an uncomfortable and lonely time. At the end of the episode Randy introduces a haunting melody composed by pianist Jooyeon Park -- the Red Onion Lullaby.
Anger, Boredom and Fantasy
Randy describes the mind-numbing boredom of life in solitary and how this once led him to a corrosive, all-consuming anger with fantasies of homicidal vengeance.. Randy saved himself through the power of imagination and the refuge of fantasy fiction. The episode begins with a short description of Kapoor, the fantasy planet the size of 36 Jupiters filled excitement and color, invented by Randy as his personal antidote to boredom and loneliness.
In response to listeners' requests, Randy describes his cell and goes on to detail a typical day in his life, most of which is spent in a cell that's smaller than an average car parking space.
The Child Molester
In 2006, Randy was sent to Sussex 1 State Prison outside Richmond Virginia, where the state holds its death row prisoners. Deeply unhappy in his new home, Randy slashed the throat of another inmate -- a child molester -- as a result of which he was sent to Red Onion and solitary confinement. The episode contains descriptions of extreme violence. Listener discretion is advised.
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An inspiration to all that have fallen
You are fascinating to listen to. Even though you have done wrong in the past, it warms my heart how hard you’re working in turning your life around. I wish you only the best ... wish your podcast could be longer than 15 minutes a time.