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The In Escapable Essay

975 words - 4 pages

In the icy cold waters of San Francisco Bay their floats the notorious Island of Alcatraz. It is no more part of pop culture for being just an island than it is for having a prison on it. No. Alcatraz was so notorious because it had some of the world’s most dangerous and violent criminals inside the walls of the prison. The prison had incredible security and was renowned for being inescapable, except when it was broken out of. In 1962 four men devised and perpetrated a brilliant almost fantastical escape, the only traces of their making it out are the mysterious gifts received by the families, personal belongs left on the shore, and that their bodies that were never found.
The masterminds behind one of the most notorious prison escapes are brothers John and Clarence Anglin, and Frank Morris. Those are the three that made the escape. There was also a fourth man who contributed to the planning but ran into problems and never made it out. The most crucial part to their escape was the preparation. According to (nbcnews.com) the four men spent six months digging around the air vents in their cells. They used stolen spoons too chip through the walls, and after months of mindless chipping away they broke through the half foot walls of masonry to fall into a small non traffic room. Once the wall was penetrated they would climb through an air vent to the roof. This is where the fourth man ran into problems. According
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to (historicmysteries) the fourth men’s air vent access was blocked and he had to abort. So to save himself from worst punishment he opened up about the escape. This is how law enforcement learned how the escape was planned out and executed.
After six long months June 11 was the night. They had to wait for the night watch guard to cross their cell once more on his nightly shift before they could make their move. When the men reached the unused room through the hole they created they found that only three made it out of their cells. The fourth man could not make it out. Climbing out a small air duct they made it out of the prison walls down to the rocky shore. They used the raft the guide them across the bone chilling waters of the San Francisco Bay. Not only was the water at a deadly temperature there were many sharks that patrolled those waters as well. The men had an eight hour head start and it was not a slip up by the night watch guards. They made fake heads out of paper and soap. Then they took hair from the inmate hair salon for the most realistic outcome. They glued on this hair with glue from the prison glove making shop (historicmysteries). They used the same glue take make there raft out of stolen rain coats with a rubbery back to...

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