Frank Morris/John Anglin/Clarence Anglin- California- 1962 May 29, 2014 19:08:10 GMT -5
Post by Scumhunter on May 29, 2014 19:08:10 GMT -5
A Meeting Of Criminal Minds
Frank Morris may have been born to plan a prison-break. Said to possess an impressive IQ and a penchant for escaping, Morris was sent to Alcatraz in 1960 after a string of attempted escapes at other facilities. Shortly after entering Alcatraz, Morris hooked up with three other career criminals: Allen West, and bank-robbing brothers John and Clarence Anglin. According to newspaper reports from the time, the four men had all done time in the Atlanta Federal Prison prior to Alcatraz.
For their part, Clarence and John Anglin were convicted bank robbers, who like Morris, were sent to Alcatraz after a string of escape attempts. According to newspaper reports from the time, one of Clarence's more memorable escapes involved hiding among loaves of bread in a bakery truck.
Planning The Big One
For months, Morris, with the aid of West and the Anglin brothers, masterminded a clever and elaborate plan to get off the "Rock." Over the course of two years, the men executed an escape that involved climbing through vents, crafting a raft from raincoats, drilling through walls and making lifelike dummy heads using plaster and human hair.
Although Alcatraz was known for its tight security, Morris and his accomplices managed to play the system through a series of lucky streaks and pure ingenuity. The men's cells were in close proximity to one another on the cell block, and they took turns drilling through the vent holes in their cells--at one point, with a vacuum cleaner motor that Morris managed to acquire. They worked diligently and stealthily on the escape, and after months of toiling, they had everything in place.
On June 12, 1962, Morris told his fellow inmates that they would make their escape that night. Morris and the Anglin brothers removed the decoy ventilator grills they had positioned in front of the holes the dug in their cells and climbed up to the roof through the cell plumbing. Because he had not dug enough, West was unable to get his ventilator grill out in time to join the other men. He would later give details about the escape to police and take credit for most of its conception.
Although no one has been able to prove the success or failure of the men's escape, some authorities presume the men dead from drowning in the chilly, choppy waters of the San Francisco Bay. Police say that the men planned to steal clothes and a car once they made it to dry land, but there were no thefts or crimes involving men matching their descriptions for weeks after their escape. Furthermore, none of the men's friends or family heard anything from them after the escape.
Whatever happened to Morris and the Anglin brothers, they managed to stir up a more than 40-year-old mystery that continues to fascinate people even now.
Thoughts? All three men would be in their 80's if alive today. I have been to San Francisco and to Alcatraz (insert obligatory joke about the crime forum webmaster having been to prison here ) I saw just how choppy and likely chilly the waters can be and how narrowly they must have escaped. If I were to base if they survived the break off just that I would say no. But based on evidence, sightings etc. it does seem they did in fact amazingly survive. An agent interviewed in an article above believes they are and mentions a raft with footprints leading away from it recovered a day after the escape. I also believe I remember Pakman mentioning a sighting of one of the three at a funeral decades later. If anyone Pakman or otherwise can confirm this it would be much appreciated.
So I think we will all probably agree Morris and the Anglin brothers successfully escaped Alcatraz. The question is who if any are alive today?
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