Famous Inmates of Folsom Prison /
Folsom Prison in the Movies
Thanks to Johnny Cash, Folsom Prison
is arguably the most famous prison in California, next to Alcatraz,
of course. Folsom Prison has had its share of famous criminals over
the years. It has long been known to hold some of the hardest
criminals in California, although some are more well-known than
others. Here's some of the inmates you may have heard of that are
currently serving or have served time in the prison, as well as some
of the times the prison itself has been used by Hollywood
Menendez. Currently serving life in prison, Erik and his
brother Lyle are well-known for their highly-publisized court
case in which they were convicted of killing their parents in
Trejo. Trejo is an ex-con turned movie actor who has spent
time at Folsom Prison for drug and robbery
convictions. You may recognize Danny from his long acting
career in movies such as "Con Air",
"Heat", "Reindeer Games", and "Spy
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James. Most well known for his 70's song
"Superfreak", he spent 2 years in the
90's for assaulting 2 women. "Superfreak" achieved
another stint in the early 90's when rapper MC
Hammer sampled it for his song "U Can't Touch This".
Pete" Fong Ching. The mafia kingpin
of Chinatown in the 1880's, spent 5 years for bribery
after a rival gang tried to put a hit on him and his bodyguard
killed the assailant.
Marion "Suge" Knight. The
head of Death Row Records (Snoop Doggy Dogg, Tupac Shakur, Dr.
Dre) spent time for assault charges. Knight is infamous for his
alleged extortion of Vanilla Ice, dangling him off of a hotel
balcony to sign over royalties of his first album.
Manson. One of the most notorious serial killers in the
world spent time in Folsom Prison from 1972-1976. Manson
convinced followers to kill Sharon Tate and 9 others during a
crime spree in 1969.
Cash was not an inmate at Folsom Prison, though
he made the prison famous. He spent some time at
the prison to record an album, however he never was an actual
prisoner at Folsom Prison.
Prison in the Movies
2005's "Walk the Line",
starring Joaquin Phoenix, was the story of Johnny Cash's life.
The intro was the scene in which
Cash performed at Folsom
prison. Phoenix visited Folsom Prison in January 2006 in a
screening to the prisoners in tribute to the late Cash.
1992's "Diggstown", starring
James Woods and Louis Gossett Jr, was the story of an ex-con who
made a bet that a 48-year old man could knock out 10 boxers in
24 hours. This movie features a young Heather Graham.
1979 movie 'Jericho Mile', was filmed entirely at
Folsom Prison. The true story, is about a prisoner serving
life who is destined to become an Olympic track star, even
though he is forced to stay within the confines of prison. The
movie also used several inmates as actors. This movie was the
directorial debut of filmmaker Michael Mann.
from "Another 48 Hours" starring Eddie Murphy
and Nick Nolte were filmed at Folsom Prison.
Me', a 1995 film starring Edward James Olmos, was a story
of the rise of Mexican controlled organized crime in the
United States, focusing on a gang member from East L.A., who
becomes a kingpin while in prison.