Sixty years later, the mystery of Alcatraz’s fugitive still remains

This week, US authorities released computer-generated images of what the three mysterious fugitives from Alcatraz might look like.

Are they still alive? Did they take on another identity or perish during their amazing escape? For sixty years, escapees from Alcatraz prison in San Francisco have been feeding all the rumors. This week, US marshals released three computer-generated images that show the faces of prisoners of what age they would be today. Frank Morris, Clarence Anglin, and his brother John Anglin fled in 1962 and were never seen again. In addition to these photos, the authorities made available a phone number in order to collect any information about this mysterious case that continues to impress.

This high-security prison has already seen passing between its stone walls Al Capone, better known as Scarface, the organized crime baron from Chicago, Kribi Carpis, who spent 26 years there, or even Henry Young, who killed a fellow inmate with a teaspoon. … This place was said to be the safest in the country. However, in 1962, three accomplices managed to thwart him.

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On June 11 of that year, Frank Morris and his brothers Clarence and John Anglin, all convicted of bank robberies, managed to escape. For months they tunneled through the walls with sharp spoons. After the guard’s curfew, at 9 p.m., the three comrades worked out the final details of their plan. In their beds, they install pseudo-gypsum and paper-putty heads which serve as traps. Next, the trio managed to reach a service corridor located behind their cells. They then rise to the surface and descend toward the sea, where they find a makeshift raft made from a collection of old raincoats and life jackets. The next day, the guards discovered their empty beds. The FBI launched a nationwide search, to no avail. No one knows then whether the three men survived their escape. The remains of their raft were later discovered, but customers will never be able to say with certainty that the prisoners actually drowned, as many believe.

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In 2011, the deputy superintendent, USMC Mike Dyke, told CBS News that he believed the three men might have survived the escape. “I think the two brothers may have survived, but there is a good chance that all three of them will still be alive and end up going their separate ways once outside. No body has been found. I can’t close the investigation.” Two years later, in 2013, authorities received a mysterious handwritten letter, which was not revealed to the public until 2018. “My name is John Anglin. I escaped from Alcatraz in June 1962 with my brother Clarence and Frank Morris. I am 83 years old and in good health. Bad, I suffer from cancer. Yes, we all survived, but only”, can we read in these words revealed by KPIX. In this document, the dispatcher explains that after his escape, he settled in Seattle, then North Dakota before putting his bags in South Carolina, where he will continue to live. According to this letter, Frank Morris would have died in 2008 and John Anglin in 2011. Then the text continues: “If you announced publicly on TV that you promised me I would go to prison for a year just for a cure, I’ll tell you exactly where I am, it’s No joke. In the face of such a document, the police had no choice but to reopen the investigation. DNA analyzes were carried out but they were not conclusive.

“I can tell you that all three survived.”

The Anglin family has also reported strange birthday cards and mysterious phone calls from a man they believe is John Anglin. There is even a photo dating from 1975 in which we can see two brothers working on a farm in South America. The photo was said to have been taken in Rio by a certain Fred Brize, who grew up with the Anglin brothers and succumbed to bone cancer in 1993. He would give this photo in 1992 to the two men’s nephew, Ken Widener. The latter once explained to the media that he was sure that his uncles had succeeded in crossing the Gulf in 1962, noting that he had once covered this distance himself. “I can tell you that all three survived. If I did, they could have done it,” he said. The Alcatraz prison was closed a year after the three men escaped. After a few years of being occupied by Native Americans, Alcatraz has become a historic site visited by millions of tourists each year .

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