November 17, 1989 |
Convicted "Night Stalker" Richard Ramirez has been transferred to San Quentin, where he will become the 266th inmate awaiting the gas chamber on Death Row. The 29-year-old devil worshiper was flown by sheriff's helicopter from Men's Central Jail in downtown Los Angeles to Long Beach, where he boarded a small plane for Marin County. Prison spokesman Lt. Cal White said Ramirez will spend a week in an "orientation area."
February 28, 1989 |
Do you remember the movie, "The Dirty Dozen"? You will recall the commanding officer is called upon to perform some extraordinary military feat, capture a stronghold guarded by elite enemy forces. The point is, he doesn't even consider doing it with civilian soldiers, the young crew-cut draftees or even the downy-cheeked graduates of the officer candidate schools.
June 14, 1990 |
After discovering a dozen "inmate-manufactured" stabbing weapons in a routine search, San Quentin state prison officials ordered a lock-down in anticipation of a possible conflict between rival street factions or ethnic groups among the prisoners. Guards found the weapons--ranging in size from half an inch wide to ice-pick-shaped devices up to 11 inches long--in a search of a lower exercise yard.
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June 22, 2001
Louis S. "Red" Nelson, 91, former warden at San Quentin, died Saturday in Walnut Creek, Calif. Born in Delmont, S.D., Nelson served in the Marine Corps in the late 1920s and was a deputy sheriff in Nye County, Nev. He got his first prison experience working as a guard at Alcatraz in the early 1940s. After a Navy hitch during World War II, Nelson returned to prison duty at Alcatraz before joining the State Department of Corrections.
December 27, 1991 |
Latino inmates in medium-security housing unit at San Quentin state prison remained under a lock-down Thursday after a fight between rival gangs, officials said. Prison spokesman Vernell Crittedon said about six inmates were injured during a clash Christmas Eve morning. "The reason the assault was initiated was a north-south conflict" between 12 inmates of a Southern California Latino gang and 16 inmates who are members of a Northern California Latino gang, Crittedon said.
April 28, 1990 |
Closing a bloody chapter in California history, Marin County Dist. Atty. Jerry Herman said Friday that he will not refile charges against "San Quentin Six" co-defendant Johnny L. Spain for participating in a 1971 prison escape attempt. Spain, a former Black Panther now free on bail to lecture college students and counsel troubled youths, had his double-murder conviction overturned by a federal appeals court because he was shackled before the jury during his 204-day trial in 1976. The U.S.
February 23, 1986 |
Three corrections officers were stabbed by an inmate at San Quentin in an isolated incident on Saturday, leading to hospitalization of the guards and a temporary prison lockdown, officials said. A 21-year-old inmate from San Bernardino County attacked an officer escorting him from a high- security housing unit at the prison to an exercise yard at 8:40 a.m., said Lt. Dave Langerman.
March 30, 1990 |
Like many lifers who pass through one of California's most notorious prisons, Dan Vasquez grew up tough in a poor Southern California neighborhood, joined a gang and dropped out of high school. But the stocky, rough-talking Vasquez is not behind the bars of San Quentin. He is in charge. And as the prison's warden, he is preparing to direct the scheduled execution Tuesday of Robert Alton Harris, which would be the first in California since 1967. "I'm not a ghoulish person.