man who escaped alcatraz sends letter to fbi after being free for 50 years

50 years after escaping infamous Alcatraz prison, a man sends a letter to the FBI asking to go back.

While Alcatraz Island is now a national park, it was once home to a federal prison that held some of the most dangerous criminals in American history.

man who escaped alcatraz sends letter to fbi after being free for 50 years

The prison claimed that no one ever successfully escaped the facility: 36 prisoners had tried. Some were caught, some were shot, and a few were never found but presumed to have drowned.

But In 1962, Three Men Carried Out One of the Most Daring Prison Escapes in History

Frank Morris, along with brothers John and Clarence Anglin, escaped from Alcatraz prison.

man who escaped alcatraz sends letter to fbi after being free for 50 years

The three were serving time for a few crimes, including bank robbery and car theft, when they chose to breakout.

On June 11, 1962, the trio cut holes in their cell walls and fled outside the building through the ventilation staff.

Before escaping, they also placed paper-mâché dummies in their beds to fool the guards.

man who escaped alcatraz sends letter to fbi after being free for 50 years

They then scaled the fence and fashioned a raft from raincoats and contact cement.

It was around 10pm when they dived into the cold waters of the San Francisco Bay.

The FBI Never Saw The Three Again

The FBI conducted a thorough investigation into the incident and eventually concluded the trio had drowned in San Francisco Bay.

However, there was no conclusive evidence to support this.

Well, 50 years later, the FBI received this peculiar letter claiming to be from John Anglin.

man who escaped alcatraz sends letter to fbi after being free for 50 years

The Letter Said He, His Brother and His Mate Did Indeed Survive Their Break Out

It reads:

“My name is John Anglin. I escape 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! ‘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 and honest truth.”

Is the Letter Genuine?

San Francisco police did not make the letter public despite obtaining it five years earlier.

And while investigating, Marshals and the FBI found a handwriting analysis inconclusive.

If the letter was actually from Anglin, it looks like he lived in Seattle, North Dakota, and Southern California without authorities discovering.