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Letter Suggests Alcatraz Escapees May Have Survived 1962 Jailbreak

Letter Suggests Alcatraz Escapees May Have Survived 1962 Jailbreak
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By    |   Wednesday, 24 January 2018 01:00 PM

Three notorious career criminals who escaped from Alcatraz 55 years ago — and presumed to have drowned in the frigid waters off San Francisco — may actually have survived, according to a letter obtained by CBS News.

CBS San Francisco says it exclusively obtained a letter purportedly written by one of the men, John Anglin, who broke out of "The Rock" with his brother Clarence and Frank Morris in June 1962.

The letter read, in part: "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!"

The alleged letter was sent to San Francisco police in 2013, but just now surfaced publicly. If still alive, Anglin would be 88.

The letter said Morris died in 2008 and Clarence Anglin died in 2011. It added: "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…"

The Marshals Service pooh-poohed the idea that any of the men survived. The Marshals said the FBI lab examined the letter for fingerprints, DNA, and handwriting, and the results were inconclusive.

"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 Marshals Service told CBS in a statement.

And National Park Service Ranger John Cantwell told CBS: "The Federal Bureau of Prisons say that they drowned once they got off of Alcatraz and their bodies were swept out to the Pacific Ocean — end of story."

The escape, which led to the closure of the notorious super-max prison 1962, has been the topic of many articles, books and a movie — "Escape from Alcatraz" — starring Clint Eastwood.

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Three notorious career criminals who escaped from Alcatraz 55 years ago — and presumed to have drowned in the frigid waters off San Francisco — may actually have survived, according to a letter obtained by CBS News.
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