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Famous Inmates at San Quentin State Prison

List Criteria: Notable prisoners at San Quentin

List of Famous Inmates at San Quentin State Prison ranked by fame and notoriety. San Quentin State Prison is a corrections and rehabilitation state prison located in California. In 1969, Johnny Cash played the famous “At San Quentin” concert at the prison. He performed his anti-prison song “San Quentin” twice during the set as it was met with huge cheers and applause.

Who is the most famous inmate at San Quentin State Prison? Manson family leader Charles Manson tops our list. Manson has been transferred to many different prison facilities throughout his sentence. He famously filmed a 1987 interview with the “Today Show” during his time at San Quentin. The full interview footage wasn't seen by audiences until MSNBC aired “The Mind of Manson” in 2007.

Serial killer William Bonin also spent time at San Quentin State Prison. Bonin, known as the Freeway Killer, committed the rape, torture and murder of at least 21 boys and young men. He was executed at San Quentin by lethal injection in 1996. He was the first person to be executed in this manner in the history of California.

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    Age: 81
    Birthplace: Cincinnati, Ohio, United States of America
    Profession: Musician, Singer-songwriter, Criminal
    Institution: Broward Community College, National Training School for Boys
    Height: 5'1"
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    Age: Died at 49 (1947-1996)
    Birthplace: Connecticut, United States of America
    Cause Of Death: Lethal injection, Capital punishment
    Place Of Death: San Quentin State Prison, San Quentin, California, United States of America
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    Age: Died at 68 (1897-1965)
    Birthplace: Menlo Park, California, United States of America
    Profession: Impresario, Pianist, Music Theorist, Author, Composer + 1 more
    Institution: Humboldt University of Berlin, University of California, Berkeley
    Place Of Death: Shady, New York, United States of America
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    Age: 52
    Birthplace: Oakland, California, United States of America
    Profession: Programmer, Software Engineer
    Institution: University of California, Berkeley
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    Age: 70
    Birthplace: Long Beach, California, United States of America
    Institution: Claremont McKenna College, Westminster High School
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    Age: 55
    Birthplace: Hong Kong, China
    Institution: Notre Dame de Namur University
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