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Famous Prisoners At Attica Correctional Facility

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The Attica Correctional Facility is a maximum-security prison located in New York. It was the site of the famous prison riot of 1971, initiated by prisoners demanding better living conditions. The altercation left 39 people dead. Over the years, Attica has held some of the most dangerous criminals of all time.

Who is the most famous prisoner at Attica Correctional Facility? Serial killer David Berkowitz tops our list. Berkowitz, better known as the Son of Sam, went on a series of shooting attacks in the summer of 1976. He claimed that he was ordered to kill by a demon that possessed his neighbor's dog. Berkowitz killed six people and wounded another seven.

In 1981, Mark David Chapman was sentenced to 20 years to life for the murder of John Lennon. Chapman was confined to a Special Handling Unit at Attica partially due to concerns that he might be harmed by fans of Lennon and also because Chapman refused to eat for 26 days early in his imprisonment. In 2012, Chapman was transferred to the Wende Correctional Facility.

This list includes famous prisoners at Attica Correctional Facility ranked by fame and notoriety. 

  • Photo: Son of Sam / Wikimedia Commons / Public Domain
    David Richard Berkowitz (born Richard David Falco; June 1, 1953), also known as the Son of Sam and the .44 Caliber Killer, is an American serial killer who pleaded guilty to eight separate shooting attacks that began in New York City during the summer of 1976. Using a .44 caliber Bulldog revolver, he killed six people and wounded seven others by July 1977. As the number of victims increased, Berkowitz eluded the biggest police manhunt in the history of New York City while leaving letters that mocked the police and promised further crimes, which were highly publicized by the press. The killing spree terrorized New Yorkers and achieved worldwide notoriety. On the night of August 10, 1977,...  more
    • Age: 67
    • Birthplace: New York City, New York

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  • Kendall Francois (July 26, 1971 – September 11, 2014) was an American serial killer from Poughkeepsie, New York, convicted of killing eight women, from 1996 to 1998. After his conviction and sentencing, Francois was housed in the Attica Correctional Facility until being transferred to the Wende Correctional Facility shortly before his death. It was revealed in his trial in 2000 that he tested positive for HIV in 1995, but this was not said to have been related to his death....  more
    • Age: Dec. at 43 (1971-2014)
    • Birthplace: Poughkeepsie, New York
  • Anthony Provenzano

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    Anthony Provenzano, also known as Tony Pro, (May 7, 1917 – December 12, 1988) was a Caporegime (or captain) of the Genovese crime family of New York City, born May 7, 1917, in Manhattan's Lower East Side, the fourth of six children to Sicilian immigrants, Rosario and Josephine Provenzano. Provenzano was known for his associations with Teamsters Union director Jimmy Hoffa and President Richard Nixon due to Provenzano's job as an International Brotherhood of Teamsters vice president for Teamsters Local 560 in Union City, New Jersey. At fifteen years old he quit Public School 114 and went to work as a ten-dollar-a-week helper at the H.P. Welch Trucking Company. Three years later he became a...  more
    • Age: Dec. at 71 (1917-1988)
    • Birthplace: New York City, New York
  • Photo: Unknown / Wikimedia Commons / Public Domain
    William Francis Sutton Jr. (June 30, 1901 – November 2, 1980) was an American bank robber. During his forty-year robbery career he stole an estimated $2 million, and he 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 nicknames, "Willie the Actor" and "Slick Willie". Sutton is also known as the namesake of the so-called Sutton's law, although he denied originating it....  more
    • Age: Dec. at 79 (1901-1980)
    • Birthplace: New York City, New York