ByTom Perkins, writer at
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Tom Perkins

The infamous escape from Alcatraz Prison, the notorious Federal Penitentiary, happened back in June of 1962. 50 years on and the case remains unsolved but today, what really would have solved the case has come to light.

Clarence and John Anglin, along with Frank Morris, were three inmates at Alcatraz back in the 60's and together they made history. On June 11th, 1962 they escaped what was considered the inescapable prison in the most daring escape attempt ever. The only thing is, they... were never seen again, and to this day they are presumed dead after their belongings were found washed up on the shore.

What makes this relevant is the fact that the Clint Eastwood classic 'Escape from Alcatraz' (1979) hints at the very opposite of what was thought to have happened.

If you have seen the film then you will remember how a flower was left at the beach of where they supposedly escaped. This flower belonged to Morris throughout the whole film. I believe it's purpose was to tell the audience that they did survive, but again it can be interpreted as one of the many belongings that washed up along with Clarence's own belongings.

Just recently, it came to light that the three may have actually survived. Evidence has been supplied from family members, such as Christmas cards sent from the brothers and a photo of the pair from the 1970's. The images are yet to be revealed but will be once the new History Channel documentary airs on October 12th.

Even though the case was closed back in '79, the Police are always open to leads. The idea is still maintained that no one has ever escaped Alcatraz though, regardless of this attempt. Nephews of the Anglin's have kept quiet about their evidence until now but apparently they are wanting to set things straight with their mother still being alive. It is said that the men are in their 80s as of now.

Art Roderick, speaking to the New York Post;

“This is absolutely the best actionable lead we’ve had. When you work these types of cases there’s a feeling you get when stuff starts to fall into place. I’m getting this feeling now.”

If you weren't aware of what happened all those years ago then I will give you a brief run down. John and Clarence Aglin, along with Frank Morris, attempted the impossible. Morris (being the smartest of the three) conjured the idea of escaping back in December 1961, where in the time leading up to June they found abandoned blades and began slowly widening the ventilation duct openings in their cell's walls using the blades, spoons stolen from the mess hall and a drill supplied from the motor of a broken vacuum cleaner.

This was done until it became possible to fit themselves through the holes into an unguarded utility corridor. From there they would climb to the top of their cellblock. This is where their own workshop was set up to use all kinds of different materials. They built themselves a raft and planned for the journey across the water to shore. They even crafted paper-mache heads of themselves so they weren't discovered in daily night time checks.

Finally, the day came and it was time to leave. Their escape wasn't successfully discovered till the very next morning, only to find that they were long gone, or dead, it remains unknown. The case into the escape was closed after 17 years, after it was assumed they drowned on their escape.

What do you think? Have you seen the film? Let me know what you guys think, I always love reading what you have to say especially when it's about mysteries such as this!


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