The U.S. Marshals Service has released renderings of three men who made an infamous escape from Alcatraz in 1962 who may still be in hiding.
Frank Morris, along with brothers Clarence and John Anglin, escaped from the notorious now-defunct island prison in San Francisco Bay on June 11, 1962, digging a tunnel out of their cells before boarding a ship. a homemade life raft.
“The ongoing US Marshals investigation into the 1962 Alcatraz federal prison escape serves as a warning to fugitives: that regardless of the weather, we will continue to search for you and bring you to justice,” said the agency in a press release.
The case, which inspired the 1979 film Escape from Alcatraz starring Clint Eastwood, has long been an object of fascination for true crime buffs and conspiracy theorists. There is considerable debate as to whether the men were able to survive sailing away from Alcatraz on their jerry-rigged boat.
The three men, who were all serving long sentences after bank robberies, used kitchen utensils, old tools and other items to dig a tunnel through Alcatraz’s drainage system. Meanwhile, they left homemade mannequins, using hair from the barbershop, sleeping on their beds as decoys.
After sneaking through the roof of the prison, they fought their way past the prison guards and pushed into the bay. At the time, the jail was locked down and onlookers watched across the water from the San Francisco piers as authorities searched for the men.
Initial inquests concluded that they must have drowned. A bag with addresses and phone numbers was sent after the escape near the Golden Gate Bridge, and a Norwegian liner reported seeing a body floating nearby.
Others think the men are still alive, hiding as they enter their 80s and 90s.
Mike Dyke of the US Marshals said in 2011 that he had evidence that a raft may have been recovered near Alcatraz on Angel Island the day after the escape, and that a car was stolen the night of the jailbreak.
“They came across an oar, a paddle, just off the coast, about 50 yards from the shore of Angel Island,” he said. CBS News. “They determined the train was made on Alcatraz.”
The findings matched how one of the trio’s collaborators described their plan, which involved sailing to Angel Island, getting to the mainland, stealing a car, and then going their separate ways.
The Anglin brothers’ sisters also said Clarence and John were alive, having sent them Christmas cards after the escape.
A nephew, Ken Widner, also claimed the men were still alive.
“I think Alcatraz was life changing for them,” he said. The daily mail, which reported on new portraits of men. “I mean this prison was the last stop for any prisoner. After they left, it was a journey of no return… They knew that if they were caught, it would be the end of the road for them. So in some ways Alcatraz saved them and set them on a new life path.
The case took on new life in 2013 when a handwritten letter arrived with someone saying it was John Anglin claiming to be still alive and in need of medical treatment for cancer. The letter said Anglin was willing to return to prison in exchange for help. He also said he had lived in Seattle, North Dakota and California since his escape.
DNA testing of the letter was found to be inclusive.
Authorities leaked the letter in 2018.
Those with information on the men are asked to call the US Marshals office in San Francisco.