I started at BCPen in 77 at 19. It was quite an eye opener. But it was a bad job market, and I was getting hungry...
You could not imagine the people they were hiring... (including me) Funeral directors, Viet Nam combat Vets, missionaries...
The echos of the Steinhauser incident were still there.
Due to that incident, the ERT was disbanded, and the RCMP were used for any armed force reaction.
I remember Steven Hall. I would not say he was feared, but definately considered dangerous. He was polite to the guards faces, but he and AndyB slashed a hostage guards throat. I was 30 meters away.
The word was, that he was strange, and enjoyed torturing captured mice. (which overrand the prison). One of my friends found crucified mouse bodies in his cell.
One hostage event, with the ambulance, was after StevenH stabbed himself with a screwdriver.
He was known as "The brentwood bandit" after his failed robbery attempt. I understood that they went to the wrong location, and burst into the store next to the bank first. (this lost them important time, as the police were alerted early). The next problem that they had, was that one of them dropped the car keys in the bank, and had to return to get them.
As they finally got to the car, the RCMP showed up, and a quick gunfight. When Steven was hit, he immediatly surrendered.
I guess I am wrong, as the previous poster stated, but I thought that Steven received a minor hand wound, not a stomach wound.
I believe that AndyB was more hated than StevenH, as during the Steinhauser incident (remember, I was not there, so this is what I was told by many guards) 2 guards were also hostages, and were tortured by AndyB. (I was told chemicals in their eyes).
To keep this in context, remember that 90% of the inmates got along fine with staff. In a federal institution, you need to just keep your head down, and do your time. both sides are going to be there for a long percentage of their life, so most do not want conflict.
I actually remember Steven Hall (before the hostage takings) coming up to me, and warning that "one of the guards was preaching (a big no-no) about Jesus to the inmates, and that this was anoying them big time. Something was going to happen to him." The guard was then removed. I don't remember if it was fired, or transferred.