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1962 Alcatraz Prison escape attempt...



Item # 581212

June 13, 1962

THE PARSONS SUN, Parsons, Kansas, June 13, 1962

* Alcatraz Island Prison, San Francisco Bay
* Successful escape ?
* Clint Eastwood fame "Escape From Alcatraz"


This 16 page newspaper has a one column headline on the front page: "Search Widens For Escapees From Alcatraz" with smaller subheads (see images).

This tells of the escape of Frank Morris, John Anglin and Clarence Anglin escape from Alcatraz. The movie "Escape from Alcatraz" starring Clint Eastwood was based on this escape.

Other news and advertisements of the day. A few small binding holes along the spine, otherwise good condition.

Source, alcatrazhistory.com: Made famous by Clint Eastwood in the movie Escape from Alcatraz, Frank Morris and brothers John and Clarence Anglin vanished from their cells and were never seen again. A fourth man, Allen West, believed by some people to have been the mastermind, was also involved; however, he was still in his cell the next morning when the escape was discovered.

An investigation revealed an intricate escape plot that involved homemade drills to enlarge vent holes, false wall segments, and realistic dummy heads (complete with human hair) placed in the beds so the inmates would not be missed during nighttime counts. The three men exited through vent holes located in the rear wall of their cell - they had enlargened the vent holes and made false vent/wall segments to conceal their work. Behind the rear wall of the cells is a utility corridor that had locked steel doors at either end. The three men climbed the utility pipes to the top of the cellblock, and gained access to the roof through an air vent (the men had previously bent the iron bars that blocked the air vent). They then climbed down a drainpipe on the northern end of the cellhouse and made their way to the water. It is believed they left from the northeast side of the island near the powerhouse/quartermaster building.

They used prison-issued raincoats to make crude life vests and a pontoon-type raft to assist in their swim. A cellhouse search turned up the drills, heads, wall segments, and other tools, while the water search found two life vests (one in the bay, the other outside the Golden Gate), oars, and letters and photographs belonging to the Anglins that had been carefully wrapped to be watertight. But no sign of the men was found. Several weeks later a man's body dressed in blue clothing similar to the prison uniform was found a short distance up the coast from San Francisco, but the body was too badly deteriorated to be identified.

Morris and the Anglins are officially listed as missing and presumed drowned. CLICK ON LINKS TO READ MORE ABOUT THIS ESCAPE ATTEMPT.

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