Charles Bronson (born Michael Peterson) is a notorious English criminal known for his violent behavior, particularly towards prison staff and fellow inmates. He has spent the majority of his adult life in prison and has been involved in numerous incidents, including hostage-taking and rooftop protests. He has also become a controversial figure due to his artistic endeavours and public statements.
About Charles Bronson
Charles Bronson, born Michael Peterson, is a notorious British criminal known for his extreme violence and aggressive behaviour towards guards and inmates. After being convicted and sentenced to seven years in prison for armed robbery, he was repeatedly punished for attacking others.
Upon his release, he changed his name and pursued a career in bare-knuckle boxing before being returned to prison for planning another robbery. He has become infamous for taking hostages during confrontations with guards and has spent time in multiple high-security psychiatric hospitals.
Despite his violent reputation, Bronson has also gained recognition as an artist and author, winning awards for his work.
Charles Bronson and Irene Kelsey got married in 1971 and had a son named Michael Jonathan Peterson. The couple divorced after five years.
In 2001, Bronson married Fatema Saira Rehman, after meeting her through letters. They divorced four years later, with Bronson renouncing Islam and his new name. Bronson’s last known marriage was with actress Paula Williamson, whom he married in 2017.
They divorced in 2018 and Williamson was found dead in her home in 2019. Bronson has expressed a desire to be released from prison and claims to have changed.
In 1974, Charles Bronson, previously known as Michael Peterson, was sentenced to seven years in prison for armed robbery. However, due to his violent actions towards guards and fellow inmates, his sentence was extended.
Following his release in 1987, he changed his name to Charles Bronson and was subsequently convicted of planning another robbery. His continued aggressive behaviour, including taking hostages, ultimately led to a life sentence.
Throughout his criminal history, Bronson attacked a fellow inmate in 1975 and engaged in a three-day rooftop protest in 1985. He also held several inmates and prison staff hostage, such as a prison librarian in 1994 and an art teacher in 1999. Despite previous parole denials, Bronson was successful in advocating for a public parole hearing in 2020, which is currently taking place.
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