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 other cells have” – and won! (What’ya gonna throw at the ‘hacks’ when they take your bed-pan, Bob?)
George ‘Boris’ Stroud, a successful Scottish entrepreneur in his own right – (Great Grand-uncle sold bird medicines and wrote books from ‘the inside’) – visited Alcatraz on January 9th for the first time and is seen in Robert Stroud’s hospital ward/cell.
With a background in undersea excavation, the Scot and a business partner, Nick Sills, were in the bay area to check progress on a ‘submarine project’ , and took Sunday to explore George’s roots. When introduced to ‘Birdman’ author Jolene Babyak in the Cell-house bookstore , whose reaction was suspicious, George Stroud quickly erased any doubts by producing his passport and delineating the family history back to his Great Grand-uncle’s parents – Benjamin Franklin Stroud and his wife, Elizabeth.
Robert Franklin Stroud, #586Az
54 YEARS in PRISON
42 YEARS in Isolation
17 YEARS on ‘the ROCK
Died November 21, 1963