- Early history
There's no prison more notorious or more steeped in America's obsession with true crime than Alcatraz. Though the facility has been closed for more than 50 years now, it still draws tourists who are willing to cross the choppy waters of San Francisco Bay to visit its hallways and cells.
Known as \\"The Rock\\" for the rugged island from which it took its name, the Alcatraz Federal Penitentiary first began holding prisoners in the early 1900s when it was used as a military prison. It wasn't until 1934 though, when it was opened at the United States' premier maximum security federal penitentiary, that its reputation really started to rise.
A total of 36 prisoners made 14 escape attempts during the prison's years of operation, though all but one attempt proved unsuccessful. Frank Morris, John Anglin, and Clarence Anglin were the only three prisoners to have successfully breached its walls.
The 1962 escape would become the stuff of true crime legend, mainly because, after setting out to leave the island on a raft, the three men were never heard from again, leaving their fate a mystery. To this day, the case remains open with the U.S. Marshals Service.
Perhaps only second to the 1962 escape in terms of infamous moments in Alcatraz history are the riots of 1946. Known as the Battle of Alcatraz, the riots were spurred during a botched escape attempt. At the end of the three-day carnage, two guards and three inmates would be dead.
- Joel Stice
The following is a list of shown or referenced Alcatraz inmates. Johnny McKee: 2055 "Johnny McKee" Incarcerated on November 23, 1959. Arrested for poisoning and murder.
Nov 27, 2019 · The National Archives at San Francisco holds comprehensive inmate case files, prisoner identification photographs, and warden's notebook pages for most listed inmates. For more information about these records, please contact us. The bulk of our facility's RG 129 archival holdings concern Alcatraz Island its use by the Department of Justice's Bureau of Prisons (BOP) as a Federal penitentiary ...
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San Francisco Public Library A guard examines a vent on the roof of the prison that three inmates came out of during their escape. 1962. San Francisco Public Library Evidence, including a death mask of a slain guard, that was used in the trial of convicts who made a failed escape attempt from Alcatraz Prison. 1938.
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Sent to Alcatraz prison in 1954 after multiple fights and escape attempts at Leavenworth, Robert Luke was considered one of the most notorious inmates to have ever been housed on “The Island.” A few years after arriving at Alcatraz, Luke lost it and flooded his cell and attempted to set his mattress on fire.
Alcatraz is also known as “the rock” and that was because the jail is situated on a rock island off the coast of San Francisco. This made it difficult for inmates to escape the jail and wreak havoc. It was anyone’s worst nightmare to be sent here, and we can see why.
Jun 16, 2014 · Alcatraz' most feared inmate was Robert Stroud, better known to the public as the “Birdman of Alcatraz.” Sentenced to 12 years in prison for killing a bartender in a bar during a drunken brawl, he was incarcerated in McNeil Island Federal Prison, where he attacked a hospital orderly and stabbed an inmate, and later at Leavenworth, where he ...
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This is a list of notable inmates of Alcatraz Federal Penitentiary.An inmate register reveals that there was 1576 prisoners in total which were held at Alcatraz during its time as a Federal Penitentiary, between 1934 to 1963, although figures reported have varied and some have stated 1557.