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List of Famous Prisoners at Sing Sing Correctional Facility ranked by fame and notoriety. Sing Sing Correctional Facility is a maximum security prison located in New York. The facility was built in 1826 and currently houses more than 2,000 inmates. There are plans to turn the old Sing Sing power house into a museum at a cost of $14 million.

Who is the most famous prisoner at Sing Sing Correctional Facility? Serial killer Albert Fish tops our list. Also known as the Gray Man or the Werewolf of Wysteria, Fish was a child rapist and cannibal. He was suspected of at least five murders. Fish was executed by electric chair at Sing Sing in January, 1936.

Murderer Eddie Lee Mays was famous for being the last person executed in the state of New York. Mays was executed by “Old Sparky” the Sing Sing electric chair in 1963. Ruth Snyder was famous for being the first woman executed at Sing Sing. Snyder murdered her husband with the help of her lover Henry Judd Gray in 1927. A photo of Snyder's execution was captured by Tom Howard of The Chicago Tribune.

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Albert Fish is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Prisoners at Sing Sing Correctional Facility
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Hamilton Howard "Albert" Fish was an American serial killer. He was also known as the Gray Man, the Werewolf of Wysteria, the Brooklyn Vampire, the Moon Maniac, and The Boogey Man. A child rapist and cannibal, he boasted that he "had children in every state", and at one time stated the number was ...more

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Age: Died at 66 (1870-1936)

Birthplace: Washington, D.C., United States of America

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David Berkowitz is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Prisoners at Sing Sing Correctional Facility
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David Richard Berkowitz, also known as the Son of Sam and the .44 Caliber Killer, is an American serial killer convicted of a series of shooting attacks that began in New York City in the summer of 1976. Perpetrated with a .44 caliber Bulldog revolver, he killed six victims and wounded seven others ...more

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Age: 63

Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America

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Ruth Brown Snyder is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Prisoners at Sing Sing Correctional Facility
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Ruth Brown Snyder was an American murderer. Her execution, in the electric chair at Sing Sing Prison, for the murder of her husband, Albert, was captured in a well-known photograph. ...more

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Age: Died at 33 (1895-1928)

Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America

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Gary Evans is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Prisoners at Sing Sing Correctional Facility
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Gary Charles Evans was a confessed serial killer in and around the Capital District of Upstate New York. His penchant for stealing antiques and his multiple escapes from custody — including one that ended in his death — made him headline news in the area on numerous occasions. ...more

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Age: Died at 44 (1954-1998)

Birthplace: Troy, New York, United States of America

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Eddie Lee Mays is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Prisoners at Sing Sing Correctional Facility
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Eddie Lee Mays


Eddie Lee Mays was the last person to be executed by the State of New York. He was convicted of first degree murder and robbery in 1962. Mays was 34 years old at the time of execution. ...more

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Age: Died at 34 (1929-1963)

Birthplace: North Carolina, United States of America

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Gerhard Puff is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Prisoners at Sing Sing Correctional Facility
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Gerhard Puff


Gerhard Arthur Puff was an American gangster, executed by the federal authorities in New York for killing a federal agent. A native of Dresden, Germany, on June 6, 1927, the thirteen year old Puff, along with his mother and five-year-old brother arrived at Ellis Island on board the S.S. Columbus ...more

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Age: Died at 40 (1914-1954)

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Willie Sutton is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Prisoners at Sing Sing Correctional Facility
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William Francis "Willie" Sutton, Jr. was a prolific American bank robber. During his forty-year criminal career he stole an estimated $2 million, and eventually spent more than half of his adult life in prison and escaped three times. For his talent at executing robberies in disguises, he gained two ...more

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Age: Died at 79 (1901-1980)

Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America

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Ethel Rosenberg is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Prisoners at Sing Sing Correctional Facility
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Age: Died at 38 (1915-1953)

Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America

Profession: Actor, Singer

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