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Bill Cosby — once brilliant hero to zero

Bill Cosby will spend a minimum of three years in a diminutive jail cell light years away from the comfort of several mansions he owns. 92 News screengrab Bill Cosby will spend three years or more confined

Bill Cosby will spend a minimum of three years in a diminutive jail cell light years away from the comfort of several mansions he owns. 92 News screengrab

Bill Cosby will spend three years or more confined to single cell at a Pennsylvania maximum security prison

Bill Cosby was the Jello pudding man, a jovial and convincing pitchman. Now the charismatic pudding man is simply a pitiful shell of what he once was, recast as a once brilliant hero to zero.

The events surrounding the former actor/comedian almost seems like the promo for a new film featuring mega-star in neon — William “Bill” Cosby in the lead role as a famous entertainment figure convicted of serial rape and sentenced to a maximum security prison term.

But this is not Hollywood fiction, but life imitating fiction.

The famous icon has morphed into the infamous, his dark side revealed. The once shining star has fallen to humiliation like the Bible depicts Satan plummeting to the Earth from heaven like a “bolt of lightning” after defeat by the angelic host.

Bill Cosby, shackled by shame, is now at Pennsylvania State Correctional Institution Phoenix in Schwenksville, PA, the prison he will call home for a minimum of 3 to 10 years. His official inmate number is NN7687.

Pennsylvania State Correctional Institution Phoenix is a maximum security facility, housing some of the most violent offenders in America. The prison is fairly new and has 3,830 beds — a long way from the spacious, opulent mansions he owns.

Nothing soft and comfy about Cosby’s new home. Just a cold, austere hardened cage secured by tempered steel bars. Enough to make a person of super-rich means lose their mind.

O.J. Simpson, the NFL Hall of Famer, who spent a stint behind bars, himself for armed robbery, told TMZ that he feared for Cosby’s safety. The point is valid. Male child molesters and rapists of women don’t generally fare well in lock-up. Convicted sex offenders are the bane of hardened convicts, many who have wives and children on the outside.

They will not show Cosby any sympathy.

Prison officials should also keep a discerning eye on the fallen icon. Fear of caged predators is one thing — but fear of self-inflicted injury also should be of heightened concern. The 81-year-old Cosby certainly cannot be feeling too good about life of late.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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