Eric Rudolph, the cowardly terrorist who set off a bomb that killed one person and wounded more than 100 at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics, is complaining about prison conditions:
"It is a closed-off world designed to isolate inmates from social and environmental stimuli, with the ultimate purpose of causing mental illness and chronic physical conditions such as diabetes, heart disease and arthritis," he wrote in one letter to The Gazette of Colorado Springs.
Rudolph wrote that he spends 23 hours a day in his 7-by-12-foot cell, his only exercise confined to an enclosed area he described as a "large empty swimming pool" divided into "dog-kennel style cages."
"Using solitary confinement, Supermax is designed to inflict as much misery and pain as is constitutionally permissible," he wrote in a letter.
I have no sympathy for Rudolph. The monster escaped a possible death sentence with a plea deal in which he revealed the location of more than 250 pounds of stolen dynamite. The home-grown terrorist was sentenced to four life terms for the Olympics blast, a bombing at a gay nightclub in Atlanta and another at an abortion clinic in the city in 1997. He previously pled guilty and was sentenced to life for the 1998 bombing of a women's clinic in Alabama that killed a police officer and maimed a nurse.
It's not very Christian of me, but I hope Rudolph lives a long life and contemplates daily the evil he wreaked, the lives he took, and the lives he ruined.