RIDDLE OF THE ROCK The Only Successful Escape from Alcatraz

Author: DeNevi (Don)
Year: 1991
Publisher: Prometheus Books (New York)
Edition Details: 1st US Edn.
Book Condition: F/F
ISBN: 9780879756475
Price: 15.00
Hardback. Did the notorious "Tablespoon Trio" actually get away from Alcatraz? The author solves one of America's most tantalising mysteries with startling new evidence regarding the escape of the 20th century. Only the most incorrigible prisoners were sent to the 12-acre "Rock", which lay stark and forbidding in the formidable, freezing-cold San Francisco Bay. However escape-proof the prison might have been, inmates never stopped plotting for freedom. The record : 7 attempted breaks - and 7 complete failures. But on the windy night of June 11, 1962, Clarence Anglin, his brother J.W. Anglin, and Frank Morris, who had spent almost a year digging out of their concrete cells, slipped into the waters of the Bay and disappeared. If the escape was successful, and if they were alive at time of publication, Clarence would have been 58, J.W. 59, and Morris 63. The author has been researching Alcatraz prison lore and the 1962 escape for 2 decades. After he made an appearance on the television programme "Unsolved Mysteries" in February 1989, the Northern California US Marshal's Office reopened the case. The author has interviewed many former inmates of Alcatraz, including the late Clarence "Joe" Carnes, who played a central role in a bloody 1946 escape attempt. Carnes related eyewitness details of the trio's escape plan to the author in the late 1970s, and he claimed to have received word from a reliable source that they survived. The author also obtained previously unpublished 1962 FBI manhunt reports and details of the ensuing 29yr search for the men by various branches of the US Justice Department. Also for the first time in print: interviews with the Anglins' brothers, sisters, and girlfriends, some of whom claim to have spoken to the fugitives after the escape. The book is filled with revealing, never-before-published photos, some taken surreptitiously by prison guards. Illus. + Appendices. 245pp. 8vo. h/back. F. in F. dw.


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