ECCENTRIC Raymond Scott penned an emotional letter before his death in prison.
Scott, who was jailed for eight years for handling a priceless first folio of Shakespeare’s plays, is believed to have written the letter just days before he died.
In it he wrote about how he felt physically and mentally sick and couldn’t face the prospect of seeing out his jail term.
The 55-year-old also revealed how he had been placed on suicide watch in his prison cell.
He wrote about how he had no appetite because he had come to realise “the gargantuan catastrophe that this is to me”.
He also described how “the scales had fallen from my eyes, it’s a waking nightmare”.
Scott, who lived in Washington, died in Acklington prison in Northumberland on Wednesday.
He was cleared of stealing the ancient folio after it went missing from Durham University’s Palace Green Library in 1988.
However, a jury found him guilty of handling stolen goods and removing stolen property from the UK.
A spokesman from the independent Prison and Probation Ombudsman confirmed an investigation into his death had begun.