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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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  1. Born: 1934
    Birthplace: Northwest Territory, Ohio, Cincinnati, United States of America, Area code 513 + 2 more
    Nationality: United States of America
    Charles Manson : see more

  2. Born: 1947
    Birthplace: Northeast United States, New England, Contiguous United States, Connecticut, United States of America + 2 more
    Nationality: United States of America
    Cause Of Death: Lethal injection, Capital punishment
    Place Of Death: Northern California, California, San Quentin State Prison, Contiguous United States, North Bay + 6 more
    Date Of Death: 1996
    William Bonin : see more

  3. Born: 1897
    Birthplace: Northern California, California, San Mateo County, Contiguous United States, San Francisco Bay Area + 5 more
    Nationality: United States of America
    Place Of Death: Contiguous United States, New York, United States of America, Ulster County, Shady + 2 more
    Date Of Death: 1965
    Henry Cowell : see more

  4. Born: 1963
    Birthplace: California, Contiguous United States, Oakland, United States of America, Area code 510 + 2 more
    Nationality: United States of America
    Hans Reiser : see more

  5. Born: 1945
    Birthplace: California, Contiguous United States, Long Beach, United States of America, Area code 562 + 3 more
    Nationality: United States of America
    Randy Steven Kraft : see more

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