'Inside the World's Toughest Prisons' Season 4: Inmate regrets killing ex-wife, Raphael says 'he will suffer'

Rowe goes around from floor to floor understanding the workings of the super-secure German prison while collecting chilling crime stories


                            'Inside the World's Toughest Prisons' Season 4: Inmate regrets killing ex-wife, Raphael says 'he will suffer'
Raphael Rowe (Netflix)
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In Episode 2 of 'Inside the World's Toughest Prisons' Season 4, host Raphael Rowe is in a German maximum security prison that holds 188 of the country's most dangerous criminals. It's unlike any other prison. The prison authorities believe in giving inmates a second chance and therefore, they arranged two on-call therapists who conduct regular sessions to help the inmates achieve a better state of mind. The idea is to use psychotherapy as a way to course-correct. 

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Good behavior is appreciated in this prison. If an inmate abides by the guidelines, he gets unlimited access to other areas of the facility such as the kitchen, gymnasium, outdoors and the like. So the rules are simple. During his week-long stay in the prison, Rowe encounters several inmates who have spent decades at the facility for committing crimes that they regret now. He goes around from floor to floor understanding the workings of the super-secure prison while collecting chilling crime stories. 

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 As per the norm, to be able to make his daily wage, Rowe would have to take up a job. The prison guard took him to the metal shop where he would learn and train under an elderly inmate. The inmate, who is making hinges for prison doors, didn't think twice to express his regret over the murder he had committed. The inmate was in an abusive relationship with his ex-wife whom he was married to for 23 years. He was often talked down on by her and one day, he snapped and in a matter of seconds, he shot her dead. The inmate has been in prison for 13 years now. But he is trying to put that tragic event behind him and one can see that in his efforts as he makes something new and fresh during his stay in the prison. 

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However, Rowe is not convinced by the inmate's apologetic behavior. "Every time he expresses that regret and remorse, he gives an excuse or a reason why he shot his ex-wife dead. And continuously blames her for his actions. He cannot come to terms with that action and until he does, he's going to suffer," Rowe says. 

This German prison has an eery vibe to it. It houses hardened and twisted offenders, most of whom were driven by rage and a host of other negative emotions while committing their crimes. But they are willing to change and the administration is on board with it which is refreshing to note.

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