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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.

Red Onion Randy - Life in a Supermax Prison Randall Via, Michael Garbutt

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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)

    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. 

    • 9 min
    Damn Nightmare

    Damn Nightmare

    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.  

    • 15 min
    Red Onion Lullaby

    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.  

    • 14 min
    Anger, Boredom and Fantasy

    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.

    • 12 min
    Groundhog Day

    Groundhog Day

    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.
     

    • 12 min
    The Child Molester

    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.

    • 12 min

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TanWue ,

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.

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