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John and Clarence Anglin, and Frank Lee Morris
Transcript of John and Clarence Anglin, and Frank Lee Morris
Frank Lee Morris
Allen West The three men escaped Alcatraz and were never seen again. This is significant because no man has ever escaped Alcatraz and made it back alive. Alcatraz Island (The Rock)
Alcatraz Island was a federal prison. It was on an island that is about 1.5 miles away from San Francisco.
It was in use from 1933 to 1963. It is now a tourist attraction. June 11, 1962 is the exact date they escaped. But they started planning in December of 1961.
On June 17, 1962 a body was found floating in the water. It was too deteriorated so they couldn't identify the body. Though the clothes the person was clothed in were very similar to the prison uniform. They had asked family of missing people if the missing family members were wearing any clothes similar to the body's clothes and they all said that they weren't. Two after that a package of pictures were found and were family of the Anglin brothers. The three prisoners escaped Alcatraz because that is what they were accustomed to do. They were in Alcatraz because they escaped from other Federal Prisons in the continental U.S. The four prisoners began planning in December of 1961. They had history of escaping other prisons and were very smart.They started stealing tools from workshops right away. They built rafts and life jackets out of 50 different stolen rain coats. Not all of the rain coats were stolen by the four, they got help from other inmates. They built these things above the cells. At night they would dig into their vents because there was a piping sysem behind the walls. When they finally had everything done they left around 9:00 at night. Allen West was unable to leave. They came through the top of the vents onto the top of the building. From there they escaped into the ocean. One theory is that the completed the original plan. Their plan was to get to Angel Island. There they would steal clothing and go separate ways. This theory is actually good because they know it is the original plan. But this isn't a good theory because they were never found again. Who Theory #2 Another theory is that they drowned. The water is treacherous and said to be shark infested. This theory is possible because no man has escaped Alcatraz and not drowned. This theory isn't possible because no bodies were found. Final Theory The theory I believe in is that they didn't make it and drowned. The body that was found was unable to be identified but was wearing prison-like clothing. Another fact is that all three men were in and out of prison throughout their lives. If they escaped they probably would have contacted their families just to let them know that they were okay. The problems with this theory is that only one body was found. John Anglin Clarence Anglin Works Cited
"The Great Escape from Alcatraz." The Great Escape from Alcatraz - Page 1. Ocean View Publishing Company, n.d. Web. 30 Nov. 2012. <http://www.alcatrazhistory.com/alcesc1.htm>. Anuj7007. "Escape Breakout From Alcatraz." YouTube. YouTube, 10 Nov. 2011. Web. 28 Oct. 2012. <http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DO153ueJX1A>.
*Note that this was a History Channel documentary.*
http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/alcatraz-proves-escapable-for-three-men Frank Morris