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Last Surviving Key Figure In Attica Prison Riot Dies Charles Pernasilice Haunted For Life by 1971 Massacre Hor

By Thomas J. Edwards —

Charles Joseph Pernasilice died in December, alone, a recluse, estranged from his family and friends. He was 70 years old. But Charley’s life effectively ended 51 years earlier when the arbitrary stroke of a government bureaucrat’s pen committed him “temporarily” to New York’s most notorious prison — for a juvenile probation violation, a prison where more than 2,400 of the state’s most violent and perverted prisoners, well above the aging structure’s official capacity, were caged in primitive living conditions.

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