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.

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

  1. John D.:
    That’s very interesting to see WHO was housed at that facility.
    As to the avant-garde cinematic venues…

    Yeah, that’s a GOOD way of putting it.
    Nicely done.
    Stay safe out there.


  2. Considering that Fromme and Moore attempted presidential assassination, I would think they would be in a more secure place than the one used for the relatively non-lethal Martha Stewart.


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