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Alcatraz escapee sends a letter to the police

By T.K. Randall
January 24, 2018 · Comment icon 14 comments

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The mystery of what happened to the three men who escaped Alcatraz in 1962 may have finally been solved.
Located in San Francisco Bay and surrounded by treacherous tidal currents, the prison's impenetrable walls and closely guarded cells made it practically impossible to escape from.

This didn't stop bank robbers Clarence Anglin, John Anglin and Frank Morris from giving it a go, however. On June 11th 1962, the men pulled off one of the most audacious escapes in history.

To escape their cells, the men spent six months painstakingly digging a tunnel out of the concrete using sharpened spoons. To keep the guards off their backs on the night of their escape they fashioned dummy heads from soap, paper and hair to place in their beds.

Once they managed to reach the water's edge, the men put together an inflatable raft made from raincoats and set off in to the fast-flowing water in an effort to reach safety.
Their fate would go on to remain a mystery for more than 50 years.

Now though, in a major breakthrough, a letter from an individual claiming to be John Anglin himself has turned up out of the blue at the San Francisco Police Department's Richmond station:

"My name is John Anglin. I escape 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! If you announce on TV 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 FBI conducted a forensic analysis of the letter however the results were inconclusive.

"There is absolutely no reason to believe that any of them would have changed their lifestyle and became completely law abiding citizens after this escape," the U.S. Marshals Service stated.

Source: CBS Local | Comments (14)




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Comment icon #5 Posted by highdesert50 6 years ago
We believe what we want to believe and if we can convince others of our belief we then have support. Citing the Rule of Simplicity, of Occam's Razor, would perhaps have us consider the situation ... 'if we hear hoofbeats, think of horses not zebras.' Interesting test of belief is it not?
Comment icon #6 Posted by paperdyer 6 years ago
If we have DNA from the three men, and it's doubtful if we do, call his bluff.  If he's a fake you charge him with whatever you can, then drop the charges.  Sounds like the guy is just looking for free medical treatment.
Comment icon #7 Posted by MNGhostHunter 6 years ago
Would be crazy if true!
Comment icon #8 Posted by The Narcisse 6 years ago
They can always get DNA from family members and match it that way. 
Comment icon #9 Posted by paperdyer 6 years ago
True, if any are still around and not too far "branched" on the tree.
Comment icon #10 Posted by Scorpius 6 years ago
One reason would be that they choose not to waste government money for his healthcare.  Unfortunate.
Comment icon #11 Posted by Calibeliever 6 years ago
Interesting to see how the priorities of society have changed since I was young, around what we should or should not spend money on. It's not a judgement, it's just interesting. We seem to have altered our definition of 'civilized'.
Comment icon #12 Posted by Berwen 6 years ago
It sounds like he is after free medical care, after all, prisoners today live better than most people what with free medical, free food, free board. Why not?
Comment icon #13 Posted by Hawkin 6 years ago
Family members of the Anglin brothers believe they are still alive. 2:30 min video.  
Comment icon #14 Posted by HollyDolly 6 years ago
Hawkin, on either the Discovery Channel or History Channel, they had a show  with  these guys who were  looking to solve the mystrey of their disappearance. Haven't seen any more episodes.


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