Two death row inmates killed themselves in the infamous San Quentin Prison that housed Helter Skelter killer Charles Manson, RadarOnline.com confirmed. Serial killer Andrew Urdiales, who was sentenced to death for the brutal slaying of five Southern California women, was found unresponsive in his cell and pronounced dead on Saturday, November 3, 2018. Virendra Govin, who was sentenced to die for the murders of four people, was found unresponsive in his cell the next night, Sunday, November 4, 2018. San Quentin was also home to Laci Peterson’s killer, Scott Peterson, who was sentenced to death in 2005. Click through the gallery for the shocking details of their deaths and the gruesome crimes that landed them on death row.
Andrew Urdiales, 54, was found “unresponsive during a security check,” Lt. Sam Robinson Public Information Officer at the San Quentin State Prison confirmed to Radar. Urdiales was sentenced to death for a murder spree that spanned two decades in Southern California. He murdered two prostitutes, Julie McGhee and Maryann Wells in 1998 and a third prostitute, Denise Maney, in 1995. Urdiales also killed Robbin Brandley in 1986 and Jennifer Asbenson in 1992.
“Urdiales had been on California’s death row since Oct. 12, 2018. His cause of death is pending the results of an autopsy; however, his death is being investigated as a suicide,” Lt. Robinson told Radar. “He was single-celled.”
Govin had been on death row at San Quentin since he was sentenced in 2004 for the first-degree murders of 42-year-old Gita Kumar, 42, Plara Kumar, 18, Tulsi Kumar, 16 and Sitaben Patel, 62. He and his brother set the Kumars’ home on fire.
Charles Manson was housed at San Quentin prison for decades after being found guilty of the first-degree murders of Sharon Tate and six others. While on Death Row in the notorious facility he tried to smuggle a hacksaw blade into the prison in the sole of his shoe.
Scott Peterson, who was found guilty of murdering his pregnant wife Laci Peterson, had been in San Quentin for over a decade when the two men died. Radar exclusively obtained shocking video of Peterson laughing and joking with another inmate inside the prison. Wearing a blue prison shirt and dark pants, the chatty 45-year-old grinned throughout the video and didn’t seem to have a care in the world.
“There is no indication that his and Urdiales’ deaths are related,” Lt. Robinson told Radar.
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