Escape from Alcatraz: US Marshals hunt criminals who fought their way out of prison in 1962 | American News


Sixty years ago, three men achieved the escape of their lives by fighting their way out of Alcatraz. Now the US Marshals Service has released images of what criminals may look like now.

In 1962, Frank Morris, John Anglin and his brother Clarence managed to make their way out of the infamous San Francisco Bay Jail, before boarding a raft fashioned from Second World raincoats. World War.

To hide their escape, the three men had constructed dummy heads made of plaster, flesh-colored paint, and real human hair, which they stored in a hollow space above the cell block.

They used kitchen utensils, old tools and other items to dig through the prison’s escape system, ending up on the roof of the building, where they climbed past the guards and onto their boat.

A few hours later, officials noticed they were missing and the prison was placed under lock and key while an intensive search was carried out.

The three men had been sentenced to serve time at Alcatraz after being found guilty of bank robbery, burglary and various other crimes.

The case, which inspired the 1979 film Escape from Alcatraz starring Clint Eastwood, left many wondering what happened to Morris and the Anglin brothers.

Some believe the three men drowned during the escape, while some evidence suggests they made it across in their boat.

Within two days of the escape, a bundle of letters sealed in rubber and linked to men was recovered.

This photo, taken in Clarence Anglin's cell, shows how the dummy heads were arranged to trick guards into thinking the inmates were sleeping.  Photo: FBI
This photo, taken in Clarence Anglin’s cell, shows how the dummy heads were arranged to trick guards into thinking the inmates were sleeping. Photo: FBI
Profile of the dummy head found in Morris' cell.  The broken nose happened when his head fell off the bed and hit the ground after a guard reached the bars and pushed him.  Photo: FBI
Profile of the dummy head found in Morris’ cell. Photo: FBI

Later, paddle-shaped pieces of wood and pieces of rubber inner tubes were found in the bay, according to the FBI.

A homemade life jacket was also discovered washed up on Cronkhite Beach, but no other items were found.

In 2011, Mike Dyke of the US Marshals said he had evidence that a raft may have been recovered near Alcatraz on Angel Island the day after the escape, and that a car was stolen at night of escape.

Aerial view of Alcatraz Island in January 1932. The island was used as a maximum security federal prison from 1934 to 1963. Photo: FBI
Alcatraz Island photographed in January 1932. Photo: FBI

The FBI officially closed its case on December 31, 1979, and assigned responsibility to the US Marshals Service.

During the 17 years the FBI worked on the case, he said “no credible evidence” emerged to suggest the men were still alive.

Home to criminals like Al Capone, George “Machine Gun” Kelly and Robert Stroud, the infamous prison closed in 1963 after being in use for more than three decades.

The US Marshals Service called on anyone with information about the escapees to get in touch, saying their ongoing investigation “served as a warning to fugitives”.

“No matter the weather, we will continue to search for you and bring you to justice,” he said.

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