While I'm touching up Excluded and retooling the stories from Ashland's Asylum, I find myself considering all the makeshift weapons used in the stories. I'm not entirely sure what it is (or what it says about me), but I prefer stories in which characters misuse everyday tools as weapons or completely concoct their own nefarious devices.
For no good reason other than perhaps researching equalizers for Ashland's Asylum, I began scouring the vast depths of the web for stories about people who have done just that: crafted their own weapons during desperate times, such as being on the run or under pressure to escape from prison. I'm not writing about all of the devices I came across, but here are 5 Deadly Make-Shift Weapons Made in Desperation.
This one is an old-time classic, which I have been informed was also featured in an episode of Orange is the New Black. Despite this, I am going to spend a few sentences reviewing the lock-in-a-sock or "slock" anyway.
It's a fairly simple thing: a lock inside of a sock. These weapons have been created throughout time at dozens of prisons to either smash through a barrier or bludgeon someone to death.
Look: while I write stories that sometimes feature these sorts of weapons, in reality, I'm not a gun kind of guy. Don't get me wrong, I don't exactly hate guns, but I don't love them either. However, this particular prison shotgun is a thing of beauty.
The shotgun was crafted out of bedposts for the most part. A charge was created with lead from curtain tape and matches. Then the device was ignited by batteries and a broken light bulb. Another makeshift weapon from Germany, a prisoner decided to exhibit his work of art by holding a hostage and shooting at bulletproof glass as he made his escape.
Known better as the "Knuckleduster," this device was discovered in a cell in Wolfenbüttel, Germany. The knuckles were crafted out of stolen rasp, which has sharp teeth for cutting into wood. And presumably, this device was intended to also cut into a person's face. The prisoner somehow circled the rasp to use it a la brass knuckles.
You can also experience this sensation with Pizza Pockets, but I don't condone flinging the molten pizza filling onto anyone's face.
The idea with chocolate is that it's relatively easy to sneak into prison. After all, it is just a candy bar. But some prisoners throughout time have sought chocolates with caramel fillings. They would heat the chocolates until they were scorching hot and the inside caramel filling became lava, and then they would proceed to launch it at other prisoners' faces.
Think there are other makeshift weapons that should be in this list? Let me know in the comments below. If you make me crack up, I'll probably send you something for free.