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.

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

  1. John D.:
    That’s a notable harem of femme fatales…
    Love that name – Camp Cupcake.

    The movies are “Artistically-significant”…LOL!

    Never heard it QUITE put that way, but…
    Yeah, that’s GOTTA be it.
    ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Good post.

    Roll safe out there.

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