This month marks the tenth anniversary of entrepreur-extraordinaire Martha Stewart’s release from prison following her conviction for obstructing justice during the course of a securities fraud investigation. Stewart served the minimum sentence — five months behind bars and five months under house arrest — and was released from a minimum-security federal prison in West Virginia in March of 2005.
Thanks to the dogged efforts of blogger Jeff Goldstein, The Federalist has unearthed the portions of secret prison diaries that Martha Stewart kept while incarcerated. If nothing else, the diaries, portions of which are shown below, demonstrate that Stewart had no intention of letting prison change who she was.
The topics in the diary portions below range from punch recipes, to culinary criticism, to how to split a fellow cellmate’s skull with a homemade mace made from rubber bands, soap and pine needles. The portions of the diary obtained by The Federalist cover several days of events during Stewart’s first few weeks in prison.