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Where Thieves go to Die. Alcatraz Prison

November 16, 2009

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Alcatraz Prison might be the most famous prison in the world. Often referred to as The Rock, Alcatraz has been an integral part of American History. Serving as a fort in the Civil War era, a maximum security prison until 1963, and a place of Native American occupation in the late 1960’s.

Alcatraz has housed some of the most famous criminals throughout history.
-Al Capone, the notorious gangster
-Machine Gun Kelly, a notorious criminal during the prohibition era. His crimes included bootlegging, armed roberry, and most prominently, kidnapping.
-Robert Franklin Stroud, also known as the Birdman of Alcatraz, for his affinity to birds.
-Alvin “Creepy Karpis” Karpowicz

The prison was established in 1934 and was in operation until 1963. It was a maximum security prison where escape was nearly impossible. In its years of operation  36 prisoners were involved in 14 attempts, two men trying twice; 23 were caught, six were shot and killed during their escape, and three were lost at sea and never found. The only succesful attempt was done in 1962 by Frank Morris, John Anglin and Clarence Anglin. It is called  one of the most intricate escapes ever devised.

The Rock has served as the setting for many movies, and is one of San Francisco’s biggest tourist attractions.

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View from the Bars at Alcatraz.

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Showers at Alcatraz.
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Cell at Alcatraz.

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San Francisco seen from The Rock.

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Lighthouse

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Map

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Evidence of the Native American Occupation of 1969

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Clint Eastwood ESCAPES!!! and reinvents himself as Dirty Harry, San Fran’s finest detective.
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