Alcatraz was billed as the ultimate prison that could never be escaped from, although this didn’t stop 36 people attempt to escape whilst it was in operation.
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Whilst most of these men were picked up or died during their attempts, there was still some element of doubt about Clarence Anglin, his brother John and Frank Morris’s attempt back in 1962. It was believed that they were drowned, but the fact that their bodies were never recovered meant that this was never confirmed and there was still the possibility that they might have successfully escaped from the island.
This theory gained more credibility with this letter that was received by the FBI in 2013. It claimed to be written by John Anglin, saying the following:
My name is John Anglin. I escape [sic] from Alcatraz in June 1962 with my brother Clarence and Frank Morris. I’m 83 years old and in bad shape. I have cancer. Yes we all made it that night but barely! ‘Frank passed away in October 2005. His grave is in Alexandria under another name. My brother died in 2011.
If you announce on TV that I will be promised to first go to jail for no more than a year and get medical attention, I will write back to let you know exactly where I am. This is no joke this is for real and honest truth.
I mean it doesn’t seem like there’s much in that, but you’ve gotta think the fact that they kept it secret for so long means the FBI might have thought that there was some degree of truth in it. It’s kinda annoying they haven’t revealed if they contacted him or tracked him down too and have only released the letter, but hopefully they’ll be some kind of follow up on it in the next couple of days. Fingers crossed.
For more prison breaks, check out this guy escaping from his cell in 30 seconds. Legend.