"I think for Beecher specifically, Keller was with him when his wife died. Beecher had decided after he first got into prison that he had to shut off everybody. You can't let anybody in and you have to become like them and you have to be threatening and all that"
- Lee Tergesen
About this Quote
The audio speaker is going over exactly how the personality Beecher from the show or book they are referring to (likely "Oz") dealt with the death of his spouse while behind bars. They clarify that Beecher had at first decided to isolate himself from others in prison, yet that Keller - an additional character - existed with him when his spouse died. This event appeared to have had an impact on Beecher and also caused him to really feel the requirement to adopt an extra hostile and also threatening character in order to make it through behind bars.