Escape From Alcatraz
June 11, 2012 5:09 AM Subscribe
posted by kirkaracha (18 comments total)
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Fifty years ago today Frank Morris
, John Anglin
and Clarence Anglin escaped
and were never seen again. U.S. Marshal Michael Dyke
is still on the case and thinks at least two of the men successfully escaped.Newsreel
from 1962. The FBI's Byte out of History writeup
and case documents
. NPR's two
series and a timeline
of Alcatraz escape attempts.
J. Bruce Campbell's 1963 book Escape from Alcatraz
) inspired a 1979 Clint Eastwood movie (which was Danny Glover's film debut)
. The FBI closed the case the same year the movie came out.
In 1993 inmate Thomas Kent
told America's Most Wanted
the escapees had more help
than previously thought and claimed they were going to meet Clarence Anglin's girlfriend in Marin County and drive to Mexico. The US Marshal's Service reopened the case.
In a December 12, 2003 episode of MythBusters
, costars Jamie Hyneman, Adam Savage, and intern Will Abbott made a raft of raincoats and successfully rafted from Alcatraz Island to the Marin Headlands (parts one
, and three
National Geographic Channel's 2011 History's Secrets: Vanished From Alcatraz
) revealed that a raft was discovered on Angel Island with footprints leading away and a car in the area was stolen.
of Alcatraz and map of currents
in San Francisco Bay (change the Averaging Time to 25 h; the default is 1h)
Fellow inmate Allen West was involved in the escape, but couldn't participate because it took too long for him to open the ventilator grill in his cell. Later in 1962 John Paul Scott escaped from Alcatraz and swam to Fort Point but was suffering from hypothermia and exhaustion and was recaptured.