ALCATRAZ was as soon as an “escape-proof” jail in San Francisco Bay, house to a number of the world’s most infamous criminals.
Through the years many tried to flee from the maximum-security jail dubbed Satan’s island-unsuccessfully.
Alcatraz has been house to the world’s most infamous criminals[/caption]
It was thought-about America’s strongest jail[/caption]
This weekend marks the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Alcatraz, a failed escape try in 1946, the place two officers and three inmates had been killed.
Alcatraz or The Rock is positioned 1.25 miles off the coast of San Francisco, California and was initially used as a fort earlier than changing into a jail in August 1934.
It was thought-about America’s strongest jail because of its location, surrounded by chilly waters and robust currents.
It’s believed the jail continues to be “haunted” by Al Capone who notoriously mentioned: “It seems to be like Alcatraz has bought me licked.”
The gangster who was convicted by tax evasion served 5 years in Alcatraz, from 1934 to 1939.
Different well-known prisoners embrace Alvin ‘Creepy’ Karpis, who served 26 years and George ‘Machine Gun’ Kelly who served 17 years, each for kidnapping.
Additionally, Robert ‘Birdman’ Stroud who served 17 years for homicide and James ‘Whitey’ Bulger, Jr who was convicted for armed theft.
However the jail’s most well-known prisoners are the three who’re believed to be the one ones who may need escaped.
The FBI reopened a chilly case of three prisoners who’re mentioned to have managed to flee in 1962.
Many have tried to flee over time[/caption]
The cell the place jail guards had been saved by convicts throughout the Battle of Alcatraz[/caption]
This weekend marks the anniversary of the failed escape try in 1946 the place 5 had been killed[/caption]
Al Capone was convicted for tax evasion[/caption]
James ‘Whitey’ Bulger, Jr. was convicted for an armed theft[/caption]
Robert ‘Birdman’ Stroud served 17 years for homicide[/caption]
Alcatraz was dubbed Satan’s Island[/caption]
George ‘Machine Gun’ Kelly additionally served 17 years[/caption]
Mickey Cohen served a yr for tax evasion[/caption]
Alvin Karpis served 26 years[/caption]
Brothers John, 32, and Clarence Anglin, 33, and their confederate Frank Morris are believed to have died after tunnelling out of their cells utilizing spoons and vanishing into the tough waters.
The bank-robbing brothers had a historical past of jail breakouts, having beforehand escaped from the Louisiana State Penitentiary whereas serving a 10-year sentence.
The siblings who had been inseparable and had been recognized to be expert swimmers, had been transferred to the Alcatraz to forestall additional escapes.
However their escape in June 1962 is considered the one profitable one within the jail’s historical past.
After utilizing spoons to dig out holes for months, they positioned papier-mache heads of their bunks to trick guards into considering they had been asleep on the night time of their escape.
However now a brand new picture seems to point out two brothers, thought to have drowned in 1962 throughout probably the most infamous breakout try from Alcatraz, alive and nicely in Brazil in 1975.
And relations of John and Clarence Anglin imagine the boys may nonetheless be alive as we speak.
Regardless of a ten-day search operation over the realm and a 17-year investigation, their our bodies had been by no means discovered.
The FBI concluded the inmates almost certainly both drowned within the fierce, chilly currents of San Francisco Bay or died of hypothermia and closed the file in December 1979.
A 2015 historical past channel documentary explored additional circumstantial proof to see if the three had in reality survived.
Clarence and John Anglin, and their confederate Frank Morris[/caption]
Clarence Anglin’s cell in Alcatraz[/caption]
They positioned papier-mache heads of their bunks to trick guards[/caption]
Ken, 54, and David Widner, 48, of Georgia, declare in a documentary simply screened within the US that their uncles had been in reality picked up in a ship by a legal affiliate.
He then whisked them to freedom in South America.
In addittion a thriller letter that was revealed in 2018, claimed to be written by one of many escapees, John Anglin, who mentioned “all of us made it.”
The letter, despatched to a San Francisco Police Division in 2013 reads: “My identify is John Anglin.”
“I escaped from Alcatraz in June 1962 with my brother Clarence and Frank Morris.
The cell from which the prisoners are thought to have escaped[/caption]
The prisoners managed to dig holes utilizing spoons[/caption]
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“I’m 83 years outdated and in dangerous form. I’ve most cancers… Sure all of us made it that night time however barely.”
“That is no joke. When you announce on TV that I’ll be promised to first go to jail for not more than a yr and get medical consideration, I’ll write again to let you already know precisely the place I’m.”
The FBI lab analysed the letter for DNA and fingerprints however their outcomes had been inconclusive.