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  1. The Most Infamous Inmates of Alcatraz - Biography

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    • Inmate #85: Al 'Scarface' Capone. Conviction: Tax evasion. Time Served at Alcatraz: 5 years (1934–1939) Post-Term: mental illness, death from syphilis. By the time Al Capone arrived at Alcatraz on the morning of August 22, 1934, he was past his peak as a crime kingpin.
    • Inmate #110: Roy Gardner. Conviction: Armed robbery. Time Served at Alcatraz: 2 years (1934–1936) Post-Term: author, suicide. Alcatraz was repurposed by the federal government from a military prison to a general federal prison in 1933 expressly to deal with criminals like Roy G. Gardner, the man who was nicknamed “King of the Escape Artists.”
    • Inmate #117: George 'Machine Gun' Kelly. Conviction: Kidnapping. Time Served at Alcatraz: 17 years (1934–1951) Post-Term: died of a heart attack in jail. It couldn’t be said that many of the criminals who ended up in Alcatraz were from good families, but Machine Gun Kelly was raised in a well-off Memphis household and even attended some college.
    • Inmate #325: Alvin 'Creepy' Karpis. Conviction: Kidnapping. Time Served at Alcatraz: 26 years (1936–1962) Post-Term: author, pill overdose. Like "Machine Gun" Kelly, Alvin Francis Karpowicz saw kidnapping as an easier way to make large sums of money than bank robbing.
  2. List of Alcatraz Inmates | Alcatraz Wiki | Fandom

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    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.

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  4. Alcatraz - Prison, Location & Al Capone - HISTORY

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    • Early Years as a Military Prison. In 1775, Spanish explorer Juan Manuel de Ayala (1745-97) mapped and named rugged Alcatraz Island, christening it La Isla de los Alcatraces, or Island of the Pelicans, due to its large population of sea birds.
    • Doing Time as a Federal Prison: 1934-63. In 1933, the Army relinquished Alcatraz to the U.S. Justice Department, which wanted a federal prison that could house a criminal population too difficult or dangerous to be handled by other U.S. penitentiaries.
    • Famous Inmates. Among those who did time at The Rock was the notorious Prohibition-era gangster Al “Scarface” Capone, who spent four-and-a-half years there during the 1930s.
    • Escape Attempts from Alcatraz. Over the years, there were 14 known attempts to escape from Alcatraz, involving 36 inmates. The Federal Bureau of Prisons reports that of these would-be escapees, 23 were captured, six were shot and killed during their attempted getaways, two drowned and five went missing and were presumed drowned.
  5. Famous Alcatraz Inmates - AlcatrazHistory.com

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    While several well-known criminals, such as Al Capone, George "Machine-Gun" Kelly, Alvin Karpis (the first "Public Enemy #1"), and Arthur "Doc" Barker did time on Alcatraz, most of the 1,576 prisoners incarcerated there were not well-known gangsters, but prisoners who refused to conform to the rules and regulations at other Federal institutions, who were considered violent and dangerous, or who were considered escape risks.

  6. The 10 Most Notorious Inmates of Alcatraz | TheRichest

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    Jun 16, 2014 · Alcatraz was the prison of the prison system, the school of the hard-knocks. The monotonous and highly structured daily routine was meant to make inmates follow regulations. Prisoners had only four rights: food, shelter, clothing, and medical care. Anything besides these were considered a great privilege that had to be earned through hard work.

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    • 1 Inmate #85: Al Capone
      1 Inmate #85: Al Capone
      Perhaps the most resonant name on the American Mafia scene, the Chicago mob boss was one of the first convicts to step through Alcatraz's gates when it opened in 1934.
    • 2 Inmate No. #
      2 Inmate No. #
      594: Robert “The Birdman” Stroud. Alcatraz' most feared inmate was Robert Stroud, better known to the public as the “Birdman of Alcatraz.”
    • 3 Inmate # 117: George “Machine Gun” Kelly
      3 Inmate # 117: George “Machine Gun” Kelly
      George Kelly Barnes, better known as Machine Gun Kelly, was one of the Prohibition Era's most notorious gangsters.
  7. Alcatraz (TV series) - Wikipedia

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    Alcatraz is an American television series created by Elizabeth Sarnoff, Steven Lilien and Bryan Wynbrandt, and produced by J. J. Abrams and Bad Robot Productions.The series premiered on Fox on January 16, 2012, as a mid-season replacement.

  8. Alcatraz - Torture and Punishment

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    No prisoners were executed as a court-ordered punishment at Alcatraz. When Sam Shockley and Miran Thompson were convicted of mutiny in the Blast-Out trial, they were sent to San Quentin's death row to be executed in the gas chamber. Most federal prisons conducted their executions using state facilities.

  9. What Life In Alcatraz Was Really Like - Grunge.com

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    Mar 18, 2020 · Alcatraz's first warden knew that prisoners were more likely to riot if their meals were terrible. So he served decent grub. One menu from the 1940s included "bacon jambalaya, pork roast with all the trimmings, or beef pot pie Anglaise." Inmates were also allowed as many helpings as they wanted.

  10. 25 Surprising Things About Alcatraz Only The Guards Knew

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    Nov 22, 2018 · Alcatraz History notes that the conversations between the inmates and the guests were prohibited to be about either news of the day in the outside world or about conditions within the prison facility. They communicated with each other through an intercom, and if rules were broken, the individual might have their visitation rights revoked.

    • A Chilly Reception
      A Chilly Reception
      California has a reputation for sunny beaches, but in the region around San Francisco and Alcatraz is known for being chilly. Fact Retriever even notes that Mark Twain visited Alcatraz and made the assessment that even during the summertime, it was a cold place.
    • guard-to-prisoner ratio
      guard-to-prisoner ratio
      In keeping with the reputation that Alcatraz had for being the toughest prison in the country, Warden James Johnston was strict with the inmates during his time managing the facility.
    • Street Smarts
      Street Smarts
      The prison was divided into sections labeled with letters of the alphabet, such as A block and B block, which isn't uncommon. But the guards at Alcatraz also had other identifying names for different areas.
  11. Minimum Privileges - Alcatraz 101

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    51. Could inmates write letters? Yes. Alcatraz inmates who were in good status could send two letters a week, and receive seven letters a week from approved correspondents. All outgoing correspondence was monitored and censored. Incoming letters were re-worded and re-typed on prison stationary to preclude any secret messages or other chicanery.