The Unsolved Mystery Of June 1962 Alcatraz Escape

Late on the night of June 11 or early morning of June 12, 1962, the guards of Alcatraz Federal Penitentiary in San Francisco checked into the cells of three inmates named Frank Morris, Clarence Anglin and John Anglin and everything seemed fine.

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Frank Morris, Clarence Anglin and John Anglin

But soon afterwards, the guards had realised that it wasn’t the inmates who were in the beds, rather than three dummies merely constructed from soap and toilet paper.

To this day, these three persons have never been found again, their bodies weren’t discovered anywhere — a disappearance that is one of the country’s most notorious unsolved mysteries.

Did these three infamous prisoners who escaped in 1962 from the Alcatraz jail that was known as the world’s most impenetrable island prison in that time, survive their brazen attempt? And, if so, what happened to them? Are they still alive, nearly 56 years later?

A theory was officially prevailed that Morris and the Anglin brothers drowned after leaving Alcatraz Island and attempting to cross the frigid San Francisco Bay. It was further reported that the mother of Anglin brothers received flowers anonymously on every Mother’s Day until she died, and two very tall unknown women were reported to have attended her funeral.

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But in a newly surfaced letter sent to San Francisco police in 2013 and obtained by CBS affiliate KPIX, a man claiming to be John Anglin, one of the escapees said that all three of them survived the attempt — but that he was the only one still living.

“My name is John Anglin,” the handwritten letter began. “I escape [sic] from Alcatraz in June 1962 with my brother Clarence and Frank Morris. I’m 83 years old and in bad shape. I have cancer. Yes, we all made it that night but barely!” According to his claim in the letter, Frank Morris died in 2008 and Clarence Anglin died in 2011.

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