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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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‘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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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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