Alcatraz Escapees Believed to Have Drowned May Still Be Alive

Of the 36 prisoners to attempt escape from Alcatraz, the infamous island prison that guards the San Francisco Bay, only five disappeared without a trace. Although all were deemed missing and presumed to have drowned, new information suggests that two of them may have actually survived. In fact, relatives of convicted bank robbers, who escaped from Alcatraz prison in June of 1962, claim that they might still be alive today.

Clarence and John Anglin disappeared from the prison more than 50 years ago. The brothers, along with a third inmate named Frank Morris, chiseled their way through the prison walls, and climbed through and up onto the roof.

From there they tunneled through the compounds walls using spoons, something that took months of careful efforts and secretive nighttime digs. They masked their disappearances with dummy heads that they left on their beds.

The heads were sculpted to look like them using paper mache and human hair from the prison barber shop.

The men used a makeshift raft made from raincoats and some paddles to escape the island, and were never seen or heard from again.

Alcatraz officials believed the men to have drowned—stating that no one would have been able to make it to shore because of the strong currents that would likely have dragged the men and their raft out to the ocean. They would have surely drowned or died from exposure to the elements.

However members of the Anglin family have recently told authorities that not only did the brothers survive—they might still be alive today.

Two of the Anglins’ nephews were featured on a recent History Channel special about the escape from Alcatraz.

As proof, they offered signed Christmas cards that had been sent to their mother three years after the escape occurred. Although the handwriting was indeed a match, investigators have not been able to authenticate the date—particularly because the card was delivered with no postage.

The nephews say they have more evidence that has not yet been made public.