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Alcatraz Inmates Survived After Escape? Letter Says It's True

Alcatraz Inmates Survived After Escape? Letter Says It's True

Three Alcatraz inmates may have survived after their 1962 escape, according to a letter. (Alexandra Schuler/picture-alliance/dpa/AP Images)

By    |   Wednesday, 24 January 2018 05:34 PM

A letter obtained by CBS San Francisco suggests three escaped Alcatraz inmates survived after their ingenious 1962 breakout.

The letter, which was sent to the San Francisco Police Department in 2013, was allegedly written by John Anglin, one of the escapees, who said the other two men died in 2008 and 2011, and that he was 83 years old and had cancer.

The writer wanted to make a deal to get treatment for his illness in exchange for going back to jail.

“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,” the letter read, CBS reported. 

The FBI studied the letter for fingerprints, DNA, and handwriting, but results were inconclusive for linking it to any of the three escapees, who were said to have drowned in the waters surrounding Alcatraz during their attempted escape.

The writer of the letter, who said he lived in Southern California, claims he lived in Seattle for many years after the escape, having also spent eight years in North Dakota, CBS reported.

The U.S. Marshals Service said it would be unlikely the inmates gave up their life of crime after escaping.

“There is absolutely no reason to believe that any of them would have changed their lifestyle and became completely law abiding citizens after this escape,” the Service told CBS San Francisco. 

To make their escape from Alcatraz, the inmates enacted an elaborate plan that included constructing a makeshift drill, widening air shafts, and fashioning more than 50 stolen raincoats into a raft and life jackets.

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