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Escape From Alcatraz: New Letter Sheds Light On 55 Year Old Mystery

by Nicolas See Tho

In what seems like one of the most endearing and frustrating case to happen in the United States, there has been new information on the three escapees from the infamous Alcatraz prison recently.

For the millennials who don’t read up on history, this case refers to the three bank robbers who had escaped the escape-proof Alcatraz back in 1962, whereby they made their daring escape by tunnelling a hole through their cell, before making a makeshift raft to brave the waters of the dangerous San Francisco Bay. They had been thought to have drowned as their bodies had not been seen, nor had their appearances been seen since their escape.

John Anglin

However, a written letter uncovered in 2013, and not released until recently, has rattled many beliefs, as it seemed that one of the escapees, John Anglin had made it out alive, and if the letter is to be believed, all three of them managed to make it out alive. The letter states:

It said: “My name is John Anglin. I escape[d] 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!”

The note added: “Frank passed away in October 2005. His grave is in Alexandria under another name. My brother died in 2011. 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, this is for real.”

At the time of writing, had he still been alive, he would be aged 83. Officials have since confirmed that the note has forced the FBI to reopen this half-century-old case.



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