Friday, June 11, 2010

Pop History Moment: Escape From Alcatraz

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On this day in 1962 Frank Morris, John Anglin and Clarence 'Larry' Anglin became the only prisoners to successfully escape from the maximum security prison on Alcatraz Island, in San Francisco Bay. As none of them were ever seen again or indeed recaptured, they are officially presumed dead. Of course, their bodies have never turned up either...

Later the Anglin family insisted that all three found their way to South America, without offering much in the way of evidence to support their claim.

Their feat was described in J. Campbell Bruce's 1963 book Escape From Alcatraz, which was later made into a Clint Eastwood movie with the same incredibly creative title - Escape From Alcatraz (1979).
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