Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Alcatraz Island Prison Escape Suspense

 
We all know about the notorious prison in the Alcatraz Island. It is located in the San Francisco Bay. It was supposed to be the toughest prison in the world. It housed America’s most dangerous and difficult felons. It was closed as a prison in 1963 and now a tourist attraction.

 
Since it is located in the chilly waters of San Francisco Bay, it is believed no one successfully escaped from this prison. There were more than a dozen attempted escape.
 
One such attempted escape was made in to a movie “Escape from Alcatraz” starring Clint Eastwood. This is a 1979 movie dramatizing the 1962 attempted escape.
 
In 1962, 3 prisoners Frank Morris, Clarence Anglin and John Anglin made an extensive plan to escape from the prison and swim across the chilly waters. On the night of June 11, 1962, these 3 prisoners escaped from the Alcatraz.
 
Did they reach the shores? No one knows. It is believed they were drowned or eaten by the sharks. No bodies were found.
 
No one heard from any of these 3. Until now.
 
San Francisco police received a letter in 2013. That letter was released only last week. In that letter, a person claiming to be John Anglin (one of the 3 escapees) says that all 3 of them successfully made it that night. He also wrote:
 
"If you announce on TV that I will be promised to just go to jail for no more than a year and get medical attention I will write back to let you know exactly where I am.. "I am 83 years old and in bad shape. I have cancer."
 
The U.S. Marshals Service and the FBI investigated this letter.  They said the results were deemed "inconclusive".

21 comments:

  1. Love it! Love it! Love it!
    A. Commit a crime.
    B. Escape law enforcement and they don't have a single clue for years as to your whereabouts.
    C. You elude the FBI for such a long time that the FBI are now called - Freaking Bumbling Idiots.
    D. You become a legend!

    Regards,
    D.B. Cooper

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    1. Thanks for your comments Dan. You are a legend. You extorted a huge sum of money on a commercial flight from Portland to Seattle and parachuted out of the aircraft in the middle of the flight and never to be found again. This is the only unsolved air piracy in commercial aviation history.

      You are a class act. You gave a generous tip of dollars to the flight stewardess before parachuting out of the aircraft.

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  2. Reminded me of papillon... Sounds interesting! Thanks for this movie introduction, SG. Will watch it when I get a chance. Any idea if this movie available for download?

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    1. Thanks for your comments Sindhu. Please watch it. It is a good movie. I don't know how to or where to download Hollywood movies. But this movie is available in YouTube.

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  3. Is that letter is from the actual escaped prisoner? May be, as no bodies were found back then. I wonder if they didn't have a national database with fingerprints, etc. It would've been easier to catch escapees within the country.

    Destination Infinity

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    1. Thanks for your comments Rajesh. One thing I learned is not to trust statements issued by organizations like the FBI. They may be working from a different angle and will not tell the public.

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  4. Very daring escape if they had really made it. Would like to watch this interesting movie. Thanks for sharing such dare-devil incidents.

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    1. Thanks for your comments Mr. KP. Since you like dare-devil incidents, my next post will be about the guy who posted his comments above, D. B. Cooper.

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  5. Interesting,a very daring plan it was.They wanted freedom at any cost.

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    1. Thanks for your comments Indu. Indeed a very daring plan.

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  6. I had watched the movie, many years back. Wanted to visit the prison when we were there. But the boats were full and we should have booked a couple of days before, it seems. Missed it. Both of us had watched the movie and remembered too:)

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    1. Thanks for your comments Sandhya. I am sorry you missed the opportunity. Next time you visit the Bay Area, please let me know in advance and I will book the tickets for the Alcatraz Tour.

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    2. Thank you, SG! You are definitely coming home when you visit Chennai next time! Promise?:)

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    3. Thanks for the invitation Sandhya. I will certainly visit with you the next time I am in Chennai. I promise.

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    1. Thanks for your comments Yashi. Yes, very adventurous.

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  8. Escaping successfully from this prison is very brave and bold. Will look out for Escape from Alcatraz. Thanks for an interesting post!

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    1. Thanks for your comments Shilpa. Yes, very brave.

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  9. oh wow I didn't know that a letter had resurfaced. That's very interesting. I have seen that movie and have visited Alcatraz. I got the book on which the movie was based on and my dad liked it. I was really obsessed with that prison when I visited it. It is a scary place to be in.
    My post on the prison:
    https://bookishmuggle.com/2009/07/07/deadly-prisons/

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    1. Thanks for your comments Ash. I am glad you had the opportunity to visit Alcatraz. Very scary. Will read your post.

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  10. Circumstantial evidence uncovered in the early-2010s seemed to suggest that the men had survived, and that contrary to the official FBI report of the escapee's raft never being recovered and no car thefts being reported, a raft was discovered on nearby Angel Island with footprints leading away, and a car had been stolen on the night of the escape by three men, who could have been Morris and the Anglin brothers, and that officials then engaged in a cover-up. Relatives of the Anglin brothers presented further circumstantial evidence in the mid-2010s in support of a longstanding rumor that the Anglin brothers had fled to Brazil following the escape; a facial recognition analyst concluded that the one piece of physical evidence, a 1975 photograph of two men resembling John and Clarence Anglin, did support that conclusion.

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