Zootkilo the book

Zootkilo is a biographical true crime account documenting former British criminals Stretch and Longman on their journey of misadventure.

From the sleepy streets of Slough Town, England to half way round the world, inside some of the toughest and most corrupt, maximum security prisons in Rio De Janiero, Brazil.

"If someone offered you £10.000 each for nine days work out in sunny Copacabana Rio de Janeiro Brazil, what would your answer be?"

You can guess what their answer was; after nine days partying on the beaches of Copacabana, the Federal Police arrested them at the airport, caught them and charged them with possession of eighteen kilos of cocaine and international drug trafficking.

"If you're this stupid, this is what can happen to you."

Follow their lives, their story and the lives of other big gangsters and petty criminals, day to day, as it unfolds in this hard to resist, easy reading story that you won’t want to put down. 

"At the very least this should be a cautionary tale for anyone who reads it and is thinking about using drugs or drug trafficking."



After being in the notorious Brazilian prison system for just 24 hours and not knowing the Portuguese language they went from rich to poor, robbed, beaten, starved stripped and humiliated and that was just the guards.

The second day they witnessed their first really heavy bit of police brutality and by the second week they had seen a multitude of human rights atrocities including several fights, two riots, nine murders, and a river of blood..

In Rio, Bangu prison developed a deadly reputation for being under the control of the C. V gang, with the television show Fantastico showing images of prisoners openly selling and taking Heroin, Cocaine, Marijuana, hashish, Alcohol.

Riots there in 2004 left over thirty inmates dead, some brutally beheaded and burned, as the situation looked to be lurching out of control. According to the Penitentiaries Department, the number of prisoners in Brazil in December 2009 was 473,626, every year the number of beds that prisons lack increases by four thousand.

The Bangu Penitentiary Complex is a maximum security prison, composed of 17 penal unities. Nine of them are penitentiaries (only the Talavera Bruce is a women's prison), one is a penal institute, four are safehouses, one is a penal sanatorium and there are two hospitals

They were taken to various hell on earth type "lunatic asylums" or Mental hospitals they’re officially named, witnessing the lowest levels of human depravity.

At least 4,500 people living with mental disorders in Brazil are currently incarcerated in psychiatric prisons.  These institutions blur the lines between patient and inmate, psychiatric treatment and criminal detention, and lead many patients into a judicial maze leaving them behind bars for the rest of their lives.

These prisoners live without adequate treatment or protection - a violation of the UN's principles for the protection of persons with mental illness.

Spending three and a half years locked in dark, dirty, dingy, smelly, overcrowded cells, suffering temperatures of extreme heat and freezing cold, lack of food, water and hygiene, battling sickness, boils, bed bugs and mosquitoes.

In a place that has more deaths per year than a war zone they were witnesses and participants in hand to hand fights, knife fights, gang fights and killings.

This is a coming of age story with a difference full of friendships, enemies, families, tears, laughter, pain and loss, redemption, atonement, salvation, recovery, enlightenment and freedom.

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