EXCLUSIVE – Raphael Rowe feared he would be ATTACKED by ‘aggressive’ convict on Inside The World’s Toughest Prisons as he reveals one inmate was MURDERED weeks after release from Finnish jail
Inside The World’s Toughest Prisons presenter Raphael Rowe has revealed that a prisoner who featured in the new season of his hit Netflix series was brutally murdered – shortly after being released from prison.
Rowe spent a week locked up in Finland’s Kylmäkoski prison as part of the final chapter of his somber documentary, released on the streamer on Friday, living alongside an eclectic group of convicted criminals.
However, ahead of the launch of the new episodes, the journalist told DailyMail.com that one of the prisoners was murdered just weeks ago, adding that the merciless killing serves as a grim reminder of the “ruthless, dangerous criminals” he left behind meets the bars. .
He also admitted that the time he spent in the facility was ‘mentally and physically exhausting’, with one incident causing him to fear he would be attacked.
Raphael Rowe told DailyMail.com that an inmate from his new season of his Netflix docuseries World’s Toughest Prisons has been murdered
The presenter, who met prisoners Olli (left) and Toni (right) during his stay in a Finnish prison, kept the victim’s identity anonymous
Speaking exclusively to DailyMail.com about the murder, Rowe said: ‘One of the boys is now dead. He is murdered. After his release from prison he is murdered.
“We are dealing with very violent individuals living in very violent environments.
“They’re in an environment where their lives could be lost, or they could take another life, and that’s exactly what happened.”
Rowe respectfully could not confirm the inmate’s identity.
The host also came face to face with prisoners Toni and Olli, who committed a gruesome kidnapping in which they tortured their victim for several days.
The pair appear unrepentant, and instead of taking job and education opportunities in prison, they spend their time bodybuilding and tattooing each other with a makeshift tattoo gun made from an Xbox controller.
Toni prepares for his release from prison at the end of the episode and reveals that he hopes to run a business with Olli.
“I’m going to be a father this summer and I want to be a good father to my children,” he said. ‘I want to make music when I have time for it. I don’t plan on coming back here.’
Rowe spent a week in Kylmäkoski prison in Finland, and the episode was featured in his new four-part series
Toni prepares for his release in the episode and reveals that a baby is on the way
Rowe admitted that he felt “quite intimidated” during filming, as the prisoners often took on “tough guy” personas.
“There was a point where I was handed the tattoo gun and I didn’t want it because I didn’t want to participate in something illegal,” he recalls.
“They want to call you names… and these are young gangsters and wannabe rappers.
‘That makes them more dangerous because they are not themselves; they try to be what they think people think they shouldn’t be.”
Adding to the danger is the fact that there are no security cameras in certain parts of the prisons Rowe visits, such as his cell – and his stay in Finland is no exception.
“It may be at those times that some inmates decide they want their five minutes of fame, and we may become the subject of something we don’t expect,” he said.
“We always have to be on our guard, and that’s mentally and physically exhausting.”
Fellow prisoner Janni – who is halfway through his sentence – is well on the way to reform
“There wasn’t a moment where we were against the wall or anything like that,” Rowe emphasized.
“But there are times when the cameras are off, where one of the prisoners’ mood has changed and they become quite aggressive towards us (although) we felt like we had built our relationship with those individuals.
“The next minute they’re yelling and screaming in your face and swearing.
“That happened in Finland… and you just know that all that yelling and screaming could end in a blow.”
Rowe also met Janni, an expert in making traditional carpets on the prison loom, who appears to be on the road to reform after his conviction for a serious violent attack.
Although Janni is only halfway through his four-year sentence, he is determined to make plans for the future and already has a house and a job lined up.
Raphael Rowe presents Netflix’s Inside The World’s Toughest Prisons. Season seven is available now.