Inside The World’s Toughest Prisons presenter Raphael Rowe has revealed an inmate who featured on the new season of his hit Netflix series has been brutally murdered – shortly after being released from jail.
Rowe spent one week locked up in Finland’s Kylmäkoski prison as part of the latest chapter of his bleak documentary, released on the streamer on Friday, and lived alongside an eclectic bunch of convicted criminals.
Ahead of the launch of the new episodes, however, the journalist told DailyMail.com that one of the inmates was killed just weeks ago, adding that the merciless murder serves as a stark reminder of the ‘ruthless, dangerous criminals’ he meets behind bars.
He also admitted that the time he spent in the facility was ‘mentally and physically draining,’ with one incident leaving him fearing he was going to be attacked.
Raphael Rowe told DailyMail.com that an inmate featured in his new season of his Netflix docuseries World’s Toughest Prisons has been murdered
The presenter, who met inmates Olli (left) and Toni (right) during his stint in a Finnish jail, kept the identity of the victim anonymous
Speaking exclusively to DailyMail.com about the murder, Rowe said: ‘One of the guys is now dead. He’s been killed. Following his release from prison, he’s been murdered.
‘We are dealing with very violent individuals who live in very violent environments.
‘They are in an environment where their lives could be lost, or they take another life, and that’s exactly what’s happened.’
Rowe respectfully was unable to confirm the identity of the inmate.
The host also came face-to-face with inmates Toni and Olli, who committed a horrific kidnapping which saw them torture their victim over several days.
The pair appear unrepentant, and rather than taking up opportunities for work and education in the prison, they spend their time bodybuilding and tattooing each other with a makeshift tattoo gun made from an Xbox controller.
Toni is preparing for his release from jail at the end of the episode and reveals he hopes to run a business with Olli.
‘I’m becoming a father in the summer, and I want to be a good dad for my children,’ he said. ‘I want to do music when I have time for it. I’m not intending to come back here.’
Rowe spent one week in the Kylmäkoski prison in Finland, with the episode featuring in his new four-part series
Toni is gearing up for his release in the episode, and reveals he has a baby on the way
Rowe admitted that he felt ‘quite intimidated’ during filming because the prisoners often put on ‘tough guy’ personas.
‘There was a moment when I was handed the tattoo gun and I didn’t want it because I didn’t want to participate in something illegal,’ he recalled.
‘They want to call you a name… and these are young gangsters and wannabe rappers.
‘That makes them more dangerous because they’re not being themselves; they’re trying 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 Finland stint is no exception.
‘It could be in those moments that some prisoners decide they want their five minutes of fame, and we could become the subjects of something that we don’t expect,’ he said.
‘We’ve always got to be on our guard, and that is mentally and physically draining constantly.’
Fellow inmate Janni – who is halfway through his sentence – is well on his way to reforming
‘There was no moment where we were pinned up against the wall or anything like that,’ Rowe stressed.
‘But there are moments when the cameras are down, where one of the prisoners’ mood has changed and they become quite aggressive towards us [even though] we felt that we had built our relationship with those individuals.
‘Then the next minute they’re screaming and shouting in your face and swearing.
‘That did happen in Finland… and you just know that that shouting and screaming could turn into a punch.’
Rowe also met Janni, an expert at making traditional rugs on the prison’s loom, who appears to be on his way to reform following his conviction for a serious violent attack.
While Janni is only halfway through his four-year sentence, he is committed to planning 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.