Jailbreak At Alcatraz
In the early 1960s Alcatraz Federal Penitentiary, aka “The Rock”, in San Francisco Bay witnessed one of the most daring prison escapes of all times, the infamous Jailbreak at Alcatraz.
Alcatraz was a notorious maximum security prison, which opened 1933, and housed some of the most notorious criminals in US history. It was known as the prison of last resort for criminals who had attempted escapes from other prisons but failed.
In June 1962, inmates Frank Morris and brothers John and Clarence Anglin, who had become close friends while in prison, hatched a daring and complex plan to escape from “the Rock”.
The plan involved:
- Carving vents in the walls of their cells,
- Constructing realistic heads made from soap, concrete, human hair, and paint
- Constructing a makeshift raft and life vests from raincoats and makeshift paddles
- Making a shiv to cut through the metal bars of their cells
On the night of June 11, 1962, the inmates put the plan into action and managed to make their way to the vents. The escape was successful and the three men were never seen again. The Anglin brothers were the only inmates ever to successfully escape from Alcatraz.
Manhunt and Aftermath
Despite an extensive manhunt for the three escapees, there have been no confirmed sightings of the trio since their escape. It is believed that they drowned at sea, but their fate remains a mystery.
In 1979, Frank Morris’s sister unsuccessfully petitioned the court to declare her brother legally dead. Though the official verdict was never officially confirmed, the escape was celebrated as the most successful escape from Alcatraz.