Inside Holloway on Channel 5: Who are the prison’s most notorious inmates?

13 Oct 2021, 16:32
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13 Oct 2021, 16:34

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Inside Holloway on Channel 5 explores the history of one of the UK’s most famous prisons and its inmates.

HM Prison Holloway was home to a number of notorious female inmates, including serial killers, before it closed its doors in 2016.

The two-part documentary takes viewers through the halls, cells and stories of one of the most notorious jails in British history.

But who were the most famous inmates at the London facility for women?

Here’s everything you need to know!

The site of Holloway in London (Credit: Richard Gardner/Cover Images)

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Holloway prison inmates – Ruth Ellis

Ruth Ellis is one of the most famous former inmates at Holloway.

She was the last woman to be executed in the UK.

Authorities hanged her in 1955 for the murder of her lover, David Blakely.

She was 28 at the time.

Subsequent reports say her lover was violent and abusive towards her.

Ruth Ellis shot and killed him outside Magdala pub in Hampstead just a few months before her execution.

She had turned the gun on herself, but it jammed.

Following the Soham murders, Maxine Carr spent time at Holloway (Credit: Crime and Investigation UK / YouTube)

Maxine Carr

Maxine Carr was the partner of Ian Huntley, the man who murdered schoolgirls Holly Wells and Jessica Chapman in 2002.

She faced prison time on the grounds of providing a false alibi for Huntley to help him cover up his vile crimes.

The double murders became known as the Soham murders.

A judge convicted and jailed Maxine for three-and-a-half years for perverting the course of justice.

She received a new identity when she was released from Holloway after serving 21 months of her jail term.

A court granted Maxine Carr lifetime anonymity.

Reports say she has since rebuilt her life and married in 2004.

Holloway prison inmates – Emma Humphreys

Emma Humphreys was jailed in 1985 after a court found her guilty of murdering her violent boyfriend and pimp, Trevor Armitage.

She was only 17 at the time.

After 10 years behind bars, she successfully appealed her conviction, arguing that the killing took place after long-term provocation.

With her conviction reduced to manslaughter, she was subsequently released as an inmate from Holloway.

Tragically, Emma died three years after her release at the age of 30 of an accidental overdose of prescription drugs.

Moors Murderer Myra Hindley was among the most infamous inmates (Credit: Real Stories / YouTube)

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Holloway prison inmates – Myra Hindley

Myra was infamous as one half of the couple who carried out the horrific Moors Murders.

She and Ian Brady were serial killers who murdered at least five children between July 1963 and October 1965, in and around Manchester.

The victims were Pauline Reade, John Kilbride, Keith Bennett, Lesley Ann Downey and Edward Evans – all aged between 10 and 17.

At least four of the children were sexually assaulted.

Myra Hindley went to HM Prison Holloway, while partner Ian Brady went to HM Prison Durham.

Prison inmate Myra died on 15 November 2002 at the age of 60.

Holloway prison inmates – Oscar Wilde

Holloway is best known as a women’s prison, but it did once house male inmates, too.

And among the most famous inmates was celebrated poet and writer Oscar Wilde.

Wilde spent time at Holloway on charges of sodomy and gross indecency before and during his trial.

Later, they moved him to London’s Newgate Prison, and then Pentonville Prison, in the north of the capital.

Suffragette Emmeline Pankhurst was also an inmate at Holloway prison (Credit: BBC Teach / YouTube)

Holloway prison inmates – Emmeline Pankhurst

Emmeline Pankhurst is the hero suffragette who led a 40-year campaign to get women full voting equality with men.

She was a militant campaigner and her run-ins with the authorities of the time unfortunately earned her time behind bars at Holloway.

In fact, the court imprisoned more than 300 suffragettes at Holloway prison during the early 20th century.

Inside Holloway: Rebels & Murderers airs on Wednesday October 13 2021 at 10pm on Channel 5.

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