Some famous inmates at San Quentin State Prison include William Bonin, Charles Manson and Gordon Stewart Northcott. These three inmates had been accused of serial murder. Both William Bonin and Gordon Stewart Northcott had also been found guilty of sexual assault charges.
William Bonin was found guilty of 14 murder cases and was nicknamed the “Freeway Killer” for dumping the bodies of the victims along freeways. He shared the same nickname with convicted killers Patrick Kearney and Randy Steven Kraft. On February 23, 1996, William Bonin became the first person in the state of California to be executed through lethal injection.
Charles Manson, the leader of the Manson Family, was famous for the murder of actress Sharon Tate and her four friends at her home. On the day after the murders, members of the Manson Family also killed a married couple under Manson’s instructions.
Gordon Stewart Northcott was found guilty of killing three boys in what was known as the Wineville Chicken Coop Murders. He was sentenced to death on February 13, 1929 and executed on Octtober 2, 1930, at the San Quentin State Prison. At the time of his execution, he was 23 years of age.