Anyone who has paid a visit to the San Francisco area can tell you all about their recollections of the Alcatraz prison. Visible from the Golden Gate Bridge, it is an imposing sight that sears itself into our recollections. It was the most dangerous prison in the nation until 1963 and is well known for dwelling some of the most notorious crooks the United States has ever known.
Since the prison was located on an island, it stimulated escape quite impossible. Nonetheless, three dozen hostages attempted to do so. All of them were thought to have failed, though. Three brothers are believed to have come a very close. Clarence Anglin, John Anglin and Frank Morris expended several months working to widen their cells’ ventilation ducts and used a variety of tools to achieve the task.
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