Underwear bomber to join list of ten most notorious prisoners at Supermax?
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Disgraced ex-Illinois governor Rod "Blago" Blagojevich isn't the only infamous convict likely to be Colorado bound. Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, dubbed the Underwear Bomber after a failed attempt to blow up a Detroit-bound airplane on Christmas 2009, has been sentenced to life in prison, and he's widely expected to do his time at ADX Florence, aka Supermax.
There, he'll instantly become one of the ten most notorious inmates at the facility, known for housing the worst of the worst. Below, see our countdown of the other nine, along with a brief summary of their heinous deeds.
9. Zacarias Moussaoui. Often referred to as the twentieth hijacker, Moussaoui was accused of having been a replacement for any of the nineteen participants in the 9/11 attacks who could not fulfill their lethal duties. The French citizen was convicted of conspiracy, sentenced to life without parole, and sent to Supermax. Click to continue our Supermax countdown.
Three looks at Eric Rudolph.
8. Eric Rudolph. Rudolph was the man behind the July 1996 Olympic Park bombing in Atlanta, during that year's Olympic Games -- although he wasn't captured for years, despite one of the most extensive manhunts in recent memory. He has written that the purpose of his attack, which killed one person and injured many others, was "to confound, anger and embarrass the Washington government in the eyes of the world for its abominable sanctioning of abortion on demand." That's the type of talk that wins you a suite at Supermax. Click to continue our Supermax countdown.
7. Larry Hoover. According to the DEA, Larry Hoover ran the Gangster Disciples, a "30,000 member, militaristic gang and its drug trade" from the Joliet State Prison in Illinois. He's serving a 200-year sentence for a 1973 gang-related murder. Click to continue our Supermax countdown.
6. Barry Mills. Along with lieutenant Tyler "The Hulk" Bingham, also a Supermax resident, Mills was indicted for murder, conspiracy, drug trafficking and racketeering in relation to the Aryan Brotherhood, a white supremacist prison gang. They're both serving life without the possibility of parole -- meaning they'll get to know Supermax mighty well over the next few decades. Click to continue our Supermax countdown.
5. Richard Reid. Known as the "Shoe Bomber," Reid pleaded guilty to terrorism in 2002 following his attempt in December 2001 to set off a bomb hidden in his boots while on a flight from Paris to Miami. Fortunately, the explosives didn't detonate. Today, Reid is another Supermax resident, having been sentenced to life without parole. Click to continue our Supermax countdown.
4. Ted Kaczynski. For twenty years, Kaczynski spread terror via mail bombs that killed three people and injured 24 others, allegedly to advance his personal philosophy, which championed natural living over the techno-happy modern world. He's expected to spend the rest of his life at Supermax. Click to continue our Supermax countdown.
3. Terry Nichols Nichols was convicted in Denver of conspiring in the 1995 bombing of the Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City, which left 168 people dead -- nineteen of them children. He was subsequently sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole and sent to Supermax, where he filled his time in part by griping about the food served there. His complaints were dismissed in August 2010. Click to continue our Supermax countdown.
2. Ramzi Yousef. In 1993, over eight years before 9/11, Yousef masterminded a bombing at New York's World Trade Center that killed six people and injured many others -- a terrible toll, but not as spectacular an attack as Yousef had hoped. He wanted the bomb to cause the entire building to collapse. He is now permanently ensconced at Supermax. Click to continue our Supermax countdown.
1. Mohamed Rashed al-Owhali. A onetime member of al-Qaeda, Al-Owhali is the most prominent of four terrorists convicted of executing the 1998 bombings of U.S. embassies in several African cities. The death toll ran into the hundreds. He's among the prisoners at Supermax with the most blood on his hands.
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