15 December, 2017

What's in a (Prisoner's) Name?

You think of the nicknames, adopted or bestowed, that prisoners go by, and what springs to mind are probably tough-as-nails monikers like Hammer, Spider, and Snake. But there are many schlubs in the jug with names that wouldn't strike even mild concern in the hearts of those who hear them spoken. In my years among the criminal class, I've encountered a host of absurd and awkward aliases of which the following are highlights.

  • Bamm-Bamm
  • Dookie
  • Don-Don
  • Oreo
  • Titi
  • Cornbread
  • Bullethead
  • Stutterbug
  • Rainbow
  • Short Dog
  • Bad News
  • Droopy
  • Wrong Turn
  • Teddy Bear
  • Crock Pot
  • Teardrop
  • Peanut Butter
  • Boo
  • Big Bird
  • Cool Breeze
  • Can't Get Right
  • Smurf
  • Wood Chip
  • Shampoo
  • Boot Heel
  • T-Baby
  • Vaygo (which was somehow short for "Las Vegas")
  • Doorknob

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