this day in crime history: april 30, 1927

On this date in 1927, The Federal Industrial Institution for Women opened in Alderson, WV. It was the first federal women’s prison in the United States. The prison, which is now known as Federal Prison Camp, Alderson — and unofficially as “Camp Cupcake” — is still functioning as a minimum security prison for women. Notable former residents include Tokyo Rose, Axis Sally, Billie Holiday, Lynette “Squeaky” Fromme, Sara Jane Moore, and Martha Stewart.

And speaking of women in prison, an entire movie genre was inspired by the concept. Unrealistic, to be sure. But artistically significant, nonetheless.


4 thoughts on “this day in crime history: april 30, 1927

  1. Unlike most follow up films that are simply an attempt to cash in on the success of the first movie, Caged Heat needed a sequel. There was just to much ground to cover in one film.


  2. John D.:
    What always cracked me up was how they referred to it as an INDUSTRIAL INSTITUTION…lol.
    Like we were actually MAKING something there (aside for repeat offenders).
    I thought we were shipping manufacturing overseas?
    (now doing THAT with prisoners would SURE solve overcrowding here)

    Good post.
    Roll safe out there.


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