Man Who Escaped Alcatraz Sends Letter To FBI After Being Free For 50 Years
Oct 16th, 2020
Those who love reading about history are aware of what Alcatraz is and what happened here a couple of decades ago.
Alcatraz Federal Penitentiary was a maximum high-security federal prison. It was well known to be the place where the most notorious criminals from the United States were being brought to. The most prominent names from Alcatraz were Al Capone, Arthur “Doc” Barker, and the very first “Public Enemy #1,” Alvin Karpis.
This prison was located on an island so secluded that everybody thought that no prisoner would be able to escape from it. There were three dozen prisoners and 14 of them attempted to for over 29 years. Then 23 of them were recaptured, 6 were shot and killed while on the run, while 2 of them drowned.
Five of them are still missing and are believed to have drowned and died. This includes Clarence Anglin, John Anglin, and Frank Morris.
These prisoners spent months working their escape. They widened their cells’ ventilation ducts and used different kinds of tools to make this escape happen. According to reports, Frank would play his accordion to disguise the noise that they are making.
They used paint and cardboard to re-cover the ducts and would continue working on them once they got the chance. And as soon as they were able to make their way out of the cell, they started constructing a raft to take them away from this prison.
To do this, they used 50 raincoats. They stitched them together using a pipe stream for stitching to create a raft. During their escape, they did not want to get caught so they made dummy heads using real hair they got from the prison barber. They placed these dummy heads on their beds to fool the guards who are roaming around.
They tried to descend into their raft but it was believed that they all drowned during their escape. Later on, the FBI discovered the remnants of the raft and none of the three bodies was found.
Through the years, many clues have surfaced saying that the three escapees didn’t drown at all. Many believe that they were able to survive the escape and were in hiding. Their families also believe that they survived that escape. In fact, one of the siblings had a picture that was believed taken during 1975.
In 2013, the authorities from San Francisco’s Police Department were baffled after they received something that is believed to be another clue of the Alcatraz escapees – a letter from John Anglin!
According to the person who sent the letter, Frank died in 2008, while Clarence passed away in 2011. The letter also states that John Anglin is currently in need of medical treatment and he would be willing to turn himself in as long as he receives the medical help he needs. The letter explains: “If you announce on T.
V. 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…”
The U.S Marshals Service, the only agency that still investigates the case up to this day said that the FBI laboratory sent the letter for fingerprints and DNA. The handwriting is also going to be examined.
When compared to the letter that John Anglin wrote to an inmate in 1960, the FBI states that the results were ‘inconclusive.’ There is a possibility that the letter is legit, but there is also a huge chance that it is fake. The US Marshals Service believes that if they really survived, they could have already changed their lifestyle and became law abiding citizens after their escape in 1962.