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Columbus School for Girls Choir Sentenced to ‘the Rock’

NO FOOLIN’ – all girls choir does ‘short-time’ on ‘the Rock’! Columbus, Ohio choral group in San Francisco as part of the recent ‘Festival of Gold’  -National Choral Festival’. (We may have to report that name to the Alcatraz  Department of Redundancy … Continue reading

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Familiar Faces, Fun Places – on ‘the Rock’

Former USP-Alcatraz ‘Guard’ and Author – Frank Heaney – Still ‘Working’ on ‘the Rock’ – 63 years later! ‘Inside the Walls of Alcatraz’ Author’ Frank Heaney with some fans. This former ‘Screw’ was so feared – that not even one escape-attempt occurred during this … Continue reading

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AL CAPONE may have done Betty’s laundry – 75 years ago!

Betty Wallar, age 87, daughter of Gangster-Era Correctional Officer, returns to see ‘greener’ side of Alcatraz Island! Daughter of Correctional Officer, Staff Photographer, and Cellhouse Locksmith, was never allowed to see most of this little island when her family lived here between … Continue reading

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BIRDMAN’S Great Grand-nephew George Stroud hails from Scotland!

Rare Stroud Relative Visits Alcatraz to Reclaim Throne! After being moved to the prison hospital, where he would spend 11 of his 17 years here, the ‘Birdman of Alcatraz’ – Robert Stroud – sued the Federal Government for his own plumbed latrine “like all the … Continue reading

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Unique Places on ‘the Rock’

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Robert Stroud, a.k.a. ‘The Birdman of Alcatraz’

Stroud, made famous by film legend Burt Lancaster in the 1962 movie ‘The Birdman of Alcatraz’ – was a genius who wrote several noted studies of bird species and diseases, ironically from inside his own cage. Stroud was also a … Continue reading

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