The Great Alcatraz Escape, 1962

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One evening on the Twelfth of July, 1962, three men escaped the ‘so-called’ inescapable, maximum security prison that we know as Alcatraz. There are many speculations related to whether they made it out alive or not. Either way, Frank Lee Morris, Clarence Anglin, and John Anglin accomplished an amazing feat by making history with the most well thought out plan. There is a lot of evidence that proves, without a doubt, that these men made it out alive, and that they did. Alcatraz is located in the middle of the San Francisco bay. It officially became a prison in 1934 and was built to house and contain the most notorious criminals of that time. There were 14 escape attempts total involving 36 different prisoners. However, this one was by far the most publicized and successful one. Frank Lee Morris was in Alcatraz for “Crimes ranging from narcotics possession to armed robbery.” The Anglin brothers were also both serving time for bank robbery according to The escape originally started as a four man job. The other man, Allen West, in for car theft. He was greatly disliked amongst all prisoners and guards alike. It was his dream and goal to escape. Allen West supplied makeshift knives and all four of them slowly chipped away the concrete around their air vents. West’s hole was made too big and was too noticeable so it had to be covered up with new cement. Meanwhile they started to collect rain jackets that would later be used to create a raft and life
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