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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. 

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