The Alleged Proof That Alcatraz’s Escapees Are Alive and Well

by Owen James Burke


The raft of Frank Morris and John and Clarence Anglin, as it was reported to have been found. Still from NatGeo’s Vanished from Alcatraz.

While there’s not a whole lot to go on that suggests John and Clarence Anglin–two of Alcatraz’ most famous escapees who would now be in their eighties–may still be alive, there remains a Christmas card reportedly sent home to their mother and an undated photograph that may or may not be from the 1970s.

FOR SUNDAY - HANDOUT FROM History Channel program Alcatraz: Search For The Truth on Alcatraz Prison in San Francisco, California

Photo: The History Channel.

The Anglin brothers, along with their accomplice, Frank Morris, famously escaped San Francisco Bay’s island prison in June of 1962, never to be seen nor heard from again, at least not officially.

A raft believed to have been used by John and Clarence might suggest they made it ashore. But why was it deflated? Any number of reasons, and one of which could even be this. But then, popping the raft would be the wisest decision with limited time; throw the authorities for a loop and leave them scratching their heads–which they’re still doing to this day.


One of three Christmas cards reportedly signed by the brothers and sent home to their mother during the three years after their escape. Photo: History Channel.

Then in 2008, Anglin’s nephews came forward with the photograph and the Christmas Card. The original US Marshal, Art Roderick (who is currently retired) has 10 interviews scheduled, hoping to find the Anglin brothers not to prosecute them, but find out how they did it.

One of the nephews, David Widner, is also in the process of writing a book on his correspondence with his uncles.

Watch the History Channel’s preview below, and check your local television listing to catch the full documentary.


For a thrill closer to home, Clint Eastwood’s Escape From Alcatraz is an absolute classic.


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