Prisoner Eaten Alive by Bedbugs at Fulton County Jail Not Alone in Gruesome American Jail Deaths

Lashawn Thompson jail cell
Lashawn Thompson jail cell
Family attorney reveals shocking details of Lashawn Thompson's alleged mistreatment in Fulton County Jail; demands criminal investigation.

Like a third-world country.

On June 12, 2022, Lashawn Thompson, 35, was arrested and detained on a misdemeanor battery charge.

Three months later, on September 12, 2022, Fulton County jail staff declared Thompson dead in his cell. Bedbugs ate him alive.

Neglect and Deterioration

Thompson’s family attorney, Michael Harper, said jail officials placed Thompson in the psychiatric wing after determining he had schizophrenia.

The Fulton County Jail cell where Lashawn Thomspon died.

The Fulton County Jail cell where Lashawn Thomspon died.Lashawn Thompson jail cell

Lashawn Thompson’s cell in Fulton County jail.Detention officers and medical staff at the jail noticed Thompson’s deterioration, including an infection from bedbugs and lice on his torso, but did nothing to help.

Bedbug bites are not usually fatal, but massive bed bug infestation can cause severe anemia, which can be lethal if left untreated. Bedbugs feed on blood, and many bed bugs feed on large amounts of blood.

When his body was found, one of the detention officers refused to administer CPR because, in her words, she ‘freaked out,'” Harper wrote in a press release.

The Fulton County Sheriff Pat Labat described the jail as having “dilapidated and rapidly eroding conditions,” with hundreds of inmates sleeping on the floors. A new facility could cost $2 billion.

The Sheriff’s Office said it would expend $500,000 “to address the infestation of bed bugs, lice, and other vermin within the Fulton County Jail.”

Lashawn Thompson after spending three months in Fulton County Jail.

Lashawn Thompson after spending three months in Fulton County Jail.According to a Fulton County Medical Examiner’s report, there were no obvious signs of trauma on Thompson’s body, but his entire body was covered in bed bugs.

The report also notes a “severe bed bug infestation” in the inmate’s cell in the psychiatric ward.

Thompson’s cause of death was listed as undetermined.

The Southern Center for Human Rights (SCHR) found at least 10 deaths inside the Fulton County jail in 2022.

SCHR “found that 90 percent of the people in the unit had not been completing their ‘activities of daily living’—including showering, dressing, getting out of bed, walking and using the toilet—or receiving essential medications.”

Further medical findings showed that over 90 percent of the affected people were significantly malnourished, showing signs of cachexia—a wasting syndrome leading to the loss of muscle and fat, often seen in people with late-stage cancers.”

During a September outbreak, “100 percent of the people held in one [psychiatric] unit had either lice, scabies and or both.”

Indiana Treatment of Joshua McLemore

Joshua McLemore, 29, with a history of drug abuse and schizophrenia, was taken to a hospital on July 20, 2021.

After exhibiting signs of mental distress, including grabbing a nurse’s hair, he was arrested, charged with battery, and transported to Jackson County Jail.

McLemore was placed in Padded Cell 7, which had no windows, bed, or seat. The bathroom in the cell was blocked by a locked door. McLemore was forced to urinate and defecate on the floor where he slept and ate.

Several officers restrain Joshua McLemore on July 20, 2021. [Courtesy McLemore estate]

Several officers restrain Joshua McLemore on July 20, 2021. [Courtesy McLemore estate]

Despite being placed under “medical observation,” no medical monitoring was conducted, and observation logs were not filled out for most of his time in jail.

Joshua McLemore was restrained in a "WRAP" device for over five and a half hours.
Joshua McLemore was restrained in a “WRAP” device for over five and a half hours.

McLemore’s psychosis was evident during his time in jail, as he played with food, rolled around in trash, smeared feces, and ate paper. He was rarely let out of his cell and placed in restraints on the few occasions he was.

McLemore lost nearly 45 pounds and was unable to drink without assistance. He died of starvation after about 20 days in solitary confinement.

Joshua McLemore laying in a filthy windowless cell on August 8, 2021. [Photo: Jackson County Sheriff's Office]

Joshua McLemore lying in a filthy windowless cell on August 8, 2021. [Photo: Jackson County Sheriff’s Office]Terrill Thomas, 38, in Milwaukee, died after being locked up at the Milwaukee County Jail.

In isolation, guards shut off Thomas’ water for days, and he died of dehydration. During his eight days at the jail, Thomas lost 34 pounds.

Fort Smith Arkansaw

Larry Eugene Price, Jr., was arrested for threatening and cursing at police officers and taken to the Sebastian County Detention Center.  A judge set the bond at $1,000. He would have been free with $100 bail, but he was homeless.

Price, 51, suffered from paranoid schizophrenia, which caused him to experience delusions, visual and auditory hallucinations, disordered thinking, and severe agitation.

He was placed in solitary confinement, where he lived for about a year. Price was denied his one allotted hour out of solitary per day.

Price acted erratically, spitting, cursing, throwing trash, disobeying orders, flinging feces and bodily fluids, covering his head, rolling around on the floor, barking, rambling incoherently, flooding his cell, and kicking his cell door.

The jail chose to withhold his psychotropic medications.

They also chose not to ensure he was fed.  He resorted to eating his own feces and drinking his own urine.

Price’s cell in the SHU

Price [above] weighed about 180 pounds at the time of his arrest in 2020. By August 2021, he weighed 90 pounds.

Price’s hands were wilted. He was so weak he could not stand. He resembled a victim of famine.

On August 29, 2021, jail staff noticed Price was unresponsive. His eyes were open, naked, starved, dried saliva on the corners of his mouth, in a pool of standing water so large his feet had shriveled.

The autopsy lists the manner of death as malnutrition and dehydration.

Sebastian County Sheriff Hobe Runion said: “Let me make one thing clear: The jail staff gave this inmate plenty of food and water every single day. The jail medical staff had regular contact with him.”

The United States, home to the largest corrections system in the world with over 2 million people incarcerated, sees thousands of inmates die in American jails and prisons each year.

Price’s prison cell.

According to PrisonPolicy.orgthe US incarcerates more people per capita than any nation, at the rate of 565 per 100,000 residents.

As of 2023, between the thousands of federal, state, local, and tribal “justice” systems, found nearly 2 million people in the US are incarcerated across “1,566 state prisons, 98 federal prisons, 3,116 local jails, 1,323 juvenile correctional facilities, 181 immigration detention facilities, and 80 Indian country jails, as well as military prisons, civilian commitment centers, state psychiatric hospitals, and prisons in the US territories.”

About the author

Frank Parlato


Click here to post a comment

Please leave a comment: Your opinion is important to us! (Email & username are optional)

  • “… Retired psychotherapist Jerry Marzinsky spent three decades working with the psychotic and criminally insane in hospitals and prison. Here he tells the extraordinary story about happened when he asked for more detail about the voices in their heads. This is possibly the most mindblowing podcast you will ever hear. He is the co-author of An Amazing Journey Into the Psychotic Mind, which you can buy at his website: …”

  • I feel bad for these guys but the prison guards can’t handled them. These are mentally disturbed and violent. They should not be in jails which are unequipped. So where do you place them?

  • This is cruel and people would be jailed for treating animals like this. I imagine that most of these poor souls have been involved with some state run “system” when they were younger. I have no suggestions except everyone should read Angela Davis

  • Is there any doubt now who Joe Biden serves?

    Biden World Bank Nominee: We Shouldn’t See China as a Competitor in Developing World, We Need Everyone on Climate
    Is there any doubt now who Biden serves?
    Biden World Bank Nominee: We Shouldn’t See China as a Competitor in Developing World, We Need Everyone on Climate

      • Most Propaganda comes from the US government.
        Accusations that Trump was colluding with Russia.
        Accusations that Hunter Biden’s laptop was Russian disinfo.
        Claims that Covid-19 did not leak from a lab in Wuhan China.
        The US government plays the American people for fools.

        • Well he did give Putin the green light in Syria – fact. No doubt spurred him on in Ukraine.
          Was anything incriminating ever found on Hunter’s laptop? IDTS. Who cares anyway?
          Where Covid came from – who knows? Probably was from the lab, but not going to change anything
          The American people who voted Trump in 2016 were certainly fools because they failed to see through his BS. It’s left a terrible legacy, and not just for the US.

  • Biden is a PEDO
    April 15, 2023 at 1:38 am
    The Party of Pedophiles strikes again! Not all Democrats are pedophiles, but all pedophiles are Democrats.

    60 Minutes Has To CUT FEED After MTG Marjorie Taylor Greene Exposes ‘Predator’ Joe Biden | Her Answer Leaves Them *GASPING*

    • The feature photo is of my guest room after Nice Guy brought this tall Texas woman down for three nights.

    • Tales of Horror from the basement of Shadow…..

      I wonder who is enjoying a swim in formaldehyde tonight. Shadow loves to entertain.

  • Also, ozone generators. Kills everything that requires oxygen for life. everything. Plants and pets to be removed from treated spaces in homes. dissipates quickly to oxygen. UV-c – effective air purification.

    Your office, your school, your University, large hotels, public transport systems all places where large numbers of folk congregate, are treated sufficiently well enough for us all not to die when we make use of them. WTFF.

      • The air? sure – and all the surfaces of her living existence.
        Not effective against moral corruption though.

        (I think she’d benefit from a strong rabbi, I’m amazed her fam havent arranged such a thing – or that one hasnt reached out to speak some sense into her. As a favour to her father perhaps, as a way of putting right what she did on his death bed. Facing this might help her understand one of the drivers behind the insane loyalty she is forcing on herself -to Raniere-)
        sorry for the essay i think someones put something in my coffee or Im mad as hell about something…

  • These are really sad stories. Tragic.

    Prisons aren’t adequately equipped or staffed for mental illness.

    The Regan Era saw the shut down of facilities that were staffed and ready to serve those in mental health crisis

    These shameful prison horrors are the long-term result.

    It’s also why there are so many mentally ill homeless on the streets of America.

    It’s almost impossible to get tthe mentally ill committed now for their own safety and the safety of others.

  • Also Diatomaceous earth (food grade) will eliminate bed bugs. Bit more difficult to administer because it should not be breathed in. and takes time to dehydrate the exoskeletons of mites and bed bugs, but masks and a simple protocol are really all that is needed. and it is safer and more effective than chemical laden (DDT) type products. Very effective taken internally (small teaspoon in water x1 a day) against tape worm and all parasite infections actually. Scabies requires ketconazole any f-ing -azole would be effective against something that was supposed to have died out with rickets. Also sonic anti rodent alarm systems work well if employed through several lifecycles of rodents – could take a while to clear a prison with well established colonies – but in the meantime there are effective poisons.

    I would rather die than understand how little i meant to the society – I might have wronged – by this level of treatment. Really, just fucking strap me in and pull the lever. Eaten alive by lice and bugs WTFF.

  • Disgusting. Deadender’s need to fight for these people. They have mental health conditions and can’t advocate for themselves. These are the Forgotten Ones not Keith Reniere.

  • Sick disgusting totally beyond the bounds of common human decency. I retch every time I read one of these Frank Report prison articles. This is the worst so far.

    It costs nothing to ensure hospital levels of cleanliness using hypochlorous acid, the substance used in fogging machines, and sprays, in all NHS and private hospitals in the UK and I dare say the US, its been in existence from time ago. This stuff is entirely harmless and more effective than alchohol, clorhexidine – any antiseptic you can mention.

    Fogging machines can be worn on the back in a rucksack type case with a hand held power spray and is immediatly effective. My home, my place of work – community college, my other place of work – a university, are all treated thusly on a regular basis. No excuses it costs pennies to produce.

    There is no reason on god’s earth for this EXCEPT for pure unadulterated human CRUELTY and a systemic desire to TORTURE. ALL prisoners should be treated with mebendazole every 10 days and issued with handy bottles of hypochlorous sanitizer. sheets made with bamboo paper fabric to be changed and disposed of every 48 hours. Same for underwear. If a fucking mother of three can figure out this solution in the time it has taken me to write this comment then WHAT THE FUCKING FUCK?

  • No other journalist will cover prison conditions with this depth of detail. Nice work, Frank. Absolutely disgraceful the way these people are treated.

About the Author

Frank Parlato is an investigative journalist.

His work has been cited in hundreds of news outlets, like The New York Times, The Daily Mail, VICE News, CBS News, Fox News, New York Post, New York Daily News, Oxygen, Rolling Stone, People Magazine, The Sun, The Times of London, CBS Inside Edition, among many others in all five continents.

His work to expose and take down NXIVM is featured in books like “Captive” by Catherine Oxenberg, “Scarred” by Sarah Edmonson, “The Program” by Toni Natalie, and “NXIVM. La Secta Que Sedujo al Poder en México” by Juan Alberto Vasquez.

Parlato has been prominently featured on HBO’s docuseries “The Vow” and was the lead investigator and coordinating producer for Investigation Discovery’s “The Lost Women of NXIVM.” In addition, he was credited in the Starz docuseries 'Seduced' for saving 'slave' women from being branded and escaping the sex-slave cult known as DOS.

Parlato appeared on the Nancy Grace Show, Beyond the Headlines with Gretchen Carlson, Dr. Oz, American Greed, Dateline NBC, and NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt, where Parlato conducted the first-ever interview with Keith Raniere after his arrest. This was ironic, as many credit Parlato as one of the primary architects of his arrest and the cratering of the cult he founded.

Parlato is a consulting producer and appears in TNT's The Heiress and the Sex Cult, which premieres on May 22, 2022.

IMDb — Frank Parlato,_Jr.

Contact Frank with tips or for help.
Phone / Text: (305) 783-7083