Man who escaped Alcatraz ‘writes letter to FBI revealing he survived’
FBI agents reopened their investigation into three prisoners who escaped from Alcatraz after receiving a letter purporting to be from one of the men. Clarence Anglin, who fled the fortress prison with his brother John and fellow inmate Frank Morris in 1962 wrote a letter offering to serve another year in prison in return for cancer treatment.
The astonishing letter was sent in 2013 but only unveiled to the public this week, reports KPIX. It reads: ‘My name is John Anglin. I escape [sic] 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 T.V. 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.’ Its writer claims he hid out in Seattle for years after escaping the San Francisco prison, before moving to North Dakota for eight years, then moving to Southern California. It also alleges that Frank Morris died in 2008, and John Anglin in 2011. The letter, which sheds light on the most iconic jailbreak of all time, was examined by FBI DNA and handwriting analysts, but their results proved inconclusive. The Anglin brothers were sent to Atlanta Penitentiary for bank robberies, before being moved to Alcatraz after a failed attempt to escape that prison.
Morris had convictions for drug offences and robbery. Their ingenious escape attempt saw them fashion ‘bodies’ from soap wax they placed in their beds to fool guards, before sneaking out of the prison via an unused utility corridor and sailing off into the famously dangerous waters of San Francisco bay on a makeshift raft.