- Of the dozens of escape attempts at Alcatraz, only Frank Morris and brothers Clarence and John Algin made it out in 1962 and were never heard from or seen again.
It’s been a half-century since three convicts disappeared from Alcatraz in the former prison’s most famous escape attempt.
At least three dozen other prisoners tried to escape from the island, but it wasn’t until 1962 that anyone was successful. Frank Morris and brothers Clarence and John Anglin developed an elaborate plan, and ultimately climbed over the walls and entered the frigid San Francisco Bay. They were never seen or heard from again.
On Monday, the 50th anniversary of the famous breakout, family members of the Anglins, along with the U.S. marshal assigned to the case and a former guard, will discuss the escape, the institution itself and the role it now plays in history during a closed meeting on the island.
Alcatraz operated as a prison for 29 years and held some of the country’s most famous inmates. The prison closed shortly after the inmates’ disappearances in 1963.
Correction: The original version of this story misspelled the last name of Clarence and John Anglin.