Escape From Alcatraz
This article talks about three men who are said to be the only successful escapist of Alcatraz. John and Clarence Anglin and Frank Lee Morris were the three men who somehow managed to slip away from the constant and heavy security of Alcatraz Prison.
The elaborate plan of the these three men was thought out, reorganized, and worked on until almost perfect. They began their escape by chipping away at an air vent that lead to outside. They made fake grills out of cardboard to cover the holes and help them to blend into the ceiling.
On the night of their escape John, Clarence, and Frank put in dummy heads that they had prepared for the night of the escape. The heads were there to cause less attention and suspicion. The thought was that when guards walked by they would see the back of the head under the covers and assume that all three prisoners were there.
The heads were made to be as close to realistic as possible. They three men collected hair from the barbershop and began to connect the hair to the head to make it look real. Once the heads were in place the three men crawled out the air vent and climbed a 15 foot fence. The men were never seen again. Four days after the escape a bag of pictures was found in the water. The pictures turned out to be Clarence Anglin’s.
Apart from these three men there have been 36 escape attempts; one drowned, six were shot to death, and five were not found, but are assumed to have drowned. The rest of were captured and none that we no of have successfully got off the island and back to mainland.
Alcatraz is a place full of stories that could fill our days with conversations. The men mentioned in this post is only one of many!