Real Prison Escape That Shouldn’t Have Been Possible

In 1934, the United States government repurposed a military prison to be an impenetrable fortress – the federal penitentiary known as Alcatraz, nicknamed “The Rock.” The only way to get to the prison on an island in the San Francisco Bay in California is by boat. It was said to be the only prison from which no prisoner could escape – thanks to the craggy rocks that surrounded the buildings, and the freezing waters all around.

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The prison was a temporary home to many of America’s most known and feared criminals, including George “Machine Gun” Kelly, Al Capone, Mickey Cohen, Alvin “Creepy” Karpis, and Robert Franklin Stroud – known as the “Birdman of Alcatraz.” There were at least 14 escape attempts, including one incredibly violent attempt – but no one was successful. That is, until in 1962, three – almost four – men did the impossible.

How did anyone manage to break out of Alcatraz, the top-notch, high-security prison in California? Click ‘Start Slideshow‘ for the whole story – the ending has a twist that you might not see coming!

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