Alcatraz Island, located in the middle of San Francisco Bay, was once home to one of the most notorious prisons in the United States. Known as “The Rock,” Alcatraz housed some of the most dangerous and high-profile criminals of the time. Despite its reputation as an inescapable fortress, on June 11, 1962, three inmates managed to pull off what is considered one of the most daring prison breaks in American history. In this article, we will delve into the story of the three men who escaped from Alcatraz Prison in June 1962.
The three men who escaped from Alcatraz in 1962 were Frank Morris, John Anglin, and Clarence Anglin. All three were serving long sentences for various crimes, and all had attempted to escape from other prisons before they were sent to Alcatraz.
Frank Morris was born in Washington, D.C., in 1926. He had a long criminal history and was first incarcerated at the age of 13. Morris was known for his intelligence and had an IQ of around 133, which is considered to be in the “gifted” range. He was serving a 10-year sentence for bank robbery when he was sent to Alcatraz in 1960.
John Anglin and Clarence Anglin were born in Georgia in 1930 and 1931, respectively. The two brothers had been in trouble with the law since they were teenagers and had spent time in various prisons throughout the country. They were sent to Alcatraz in 1960 after they were caught attempting to escape from another prison.
The Escape Plan
Frank Morris was the mastermind behind the escape plan. He spent months carefully studying the layout of the prison, the guards’ routines, and the weaknesses in the security system. Morris discovered that the ventilation shafts in the prison could be used as a way to escape, as they led to the roof of the cell block.
Morris recruited John and Clarence Anglin to help him with the escape. The three men spent months secretly preparing for their escape. They constructed lifelike dummy heads out of soap, toilet paper, and human hair to place in their beds so that the guards would not notice they were missing. They also made makeshift rafts out of raincoats and prepared a set of paddles made out of scrap wood.
On the night of June 11, 1962, the three men put their plan into action. They crawled through the ventilation shafts to reach the roof of the cell block. From there, they used the paddles to navigate their way across the bay to Angel Island, which was about two miles away from Alcatraz.
The men were not discovered missing until the following morning during the routine headcount. When the guards found the dummy heads in the cells, they realized that the men had escaped. A massive manhunt was launched, but the three men were never found.
The escape of Frank Morris, John Anglin, and Clarence Anglin captured the attention of the nation. The FBI launched an extensive investigation into the escape, but the men were never found. Over the years, there have been various reports of sightings of the men, but none have been confirmed.
In 2013, the FBI officially closed the case, stating that the three men likely drowned in the bay while attempting to reach the mainland. However, the mystery of their escape continues to captivate the public, and many people believe that the men may have actually made it to freedom.
The escape of Frank Morris, John Anglin, and Clarence Anglin from Alcatraz Prison in June 1962 is a fascinating story of determination, ingenuity, and risk-taking. Despite the fact that it was the most guarded prison in the world.
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