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Alcatraz ‘Great Escape’ – Part Two

It was a well thought out ploy. One only a smarter than average convict with a steel determination could possibly conjure. And, as the cons may have put it, a clever deception that the cell-house guards took ‘hook, line, and sinker!’ This ruse would effectively blind-fold the cell-house officers … Continue reading

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Alcatraz ‘Great Escape’ : Prison-Break from ‘the Rock’!

Daring Break at ‘Escape-Proof’ ALCATRAZ! Immortalized by Clint Eastwood in Hollywood’s ‘Escape from Alcatraz’ San Francisco, June 11, 1962 Four U.S. Penitentiary – Alcatraz convicts had worked together for nearly seven months preparing for this night. One or more of them … Continue reading

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‘Wild Bill’ Baker, #1259AZ, Returns for Another ‘Stint’ on ‘the Rock’!

Former Alcatraz Prisoner Bill Baker, just released from USP-Leavenworth in 2011, has written and published ‘Alcatraz 1259′ – an entertaining first person account of the tumultuous path which led to America’s most nototrious prison. Escape attempts as well as successes, … Continue reading

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Alcatraz Hospital and the Paranormal . . .

We blogged an article about the Hospital within the prison building and the continuing interest by paranormal enthusiasts . . . and it disappeared! Lets try to get this one past ‘em: Located directly above the cellhouse ‘mess hall’ … the … Continue reading

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The ‘Greening’ of the Rock

Hundreds of Cormorant nests and Snowy Egret hatchlings provide flora and fauna wildlife surprises on west side of island. The Alcatraz Historic Gardens Project, working with the national non-profit Garden Conservancy, has rescued and rehabilitated historic gardens throughout the 29 … Continue reading

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‘AlcatraZ’ – Fox Series Premiers on ‘the Rock’ – Pictures and Story!

 Cast Members on the ‘Walk of the Rock‘ meet media teams for photo ops in the historic 100 year-old Cellhouse!      ‘ROCK’-STARS Gather under the stars for Premiere! Cast members, producers and over 300 guests brought Alcatraz Island to life January 11th … Continue reading

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Robert Luke – Return to Alcatraz, ‘the ROCK’!

AFTER 51 YEARS, former Alcatraz Prisoner #1118AZ – Robert Luke, has returned to ‘the ROCK’! Former Armed Bank-Robber and Alcatraz Convict Robert ‘Cold Blue‘ Luke, who did over 5 years as #1118Az – from 1954 to 1959 – recently re-surfaced after keeping a very … Continue reading

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SALUTE! – Real Veterans of Alcatraz – Devincenzi, Heaney, Luke, Wallar

Former USP-Alcatraz Officers George Devincenzi and Frank Heaney, former convict Robert Luke, and officer’s daughter Betty Wallar all served our country in the armed forces – and all are still frequent visitors to the island!. Robert Luke (pictured at left) served … Continue reading

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A Decade Guarding ‘the ROCK’ – George DeVincenzi on Alcatraz

Former USP-Alcatraz Correctional Officer (Guard) George DeVincenzi still lives in San Francisco, and visits his former ‘home away from home’ quite frequently! Looking ‘chipper’ at a young 84 years, ‘Mr. D’ did his ’rounds’ over the holiday weekend – and shared some … Continue reading

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‘ROCK Secret’ – ‘Cool Blue’ Luke likes it here better now!

Unlike 50+ years ago, Robert Luke, formerly prisoner #1118AZ – is having a great time on ‘the Rock’! Now a trained National Park Service Volunteer, Luke spent a day recently on the island with former Correctional Officer George Devincenzi  for … Continue reading

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