Escape from Alcatraz

December 16, 2014

Clarence Anglin, John Anglin and Frank Morris were locked up behind bars for bank robbing. Once in prison they spent months on digging a tunnel with metal spoons. According to the FBI they entered the water on the night of June 11, 1962 somewhere between 8 pm and 2 am on an improvised life raft, made from coats.

Until now people presumed the three daredevils died during the jailbreak, possibly due the strong current or the cold. New simulations however demonstrate that the escape may have been successful. If they had left exactly at 11.30pm, it was very well possible they (safely) reached Horseshoe Bay north of the Golden Gate Bridge. Any time before or after 11.30pm, the current would have pushed them back into the bay towards Berkley or pushed them towards Oakland. In both cases they would have probably died from hypothermia as a result of being too long on the water.

If Clarence, John and Frank did survive this escape, they would be 83, 84 and 88.

Maybe this can serve as inspiration for a new Clint Eastwood movie?

Mugshots of Frank, Clarence and John in 1962 and how they might look today at the age of 88, 83 and 84

Mugshots of Frank, Clarence and John in 1962 and how they might look today at the age of 88, 83 and 84

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