Are They Still Alive?

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@Rollo1 (16685)
Boston, Massachusetts
October 12, 2015 6:44am CST
Escape From Alcatraz - Did you ever see this 1979 movie with Clint Eastwood? It tells the true story of three inmates who concoct a brilliant plan to escape the infamous island prison of Alcatraz. It’s a pretty good movie and the story behind it is fascinating. The men escaped in a raft that they constructed secretly out of raincoats and kept hidden. No trace of the three men has ever been found, and it has been assumed that they drowned, thus keeping Alcatraz’s record of no escapes unbroken. However, that assumption is being challenged by members of the family of two of the escapees - brothers John and Clarence Anglin. They say that the mother of the two brothers received a Christmas card three years after the escape, proving that they survived. The FBI determined that the handwriting on the card matched the escaped prisoners. The family also has a photo that they say is definitive proof. More information will be revealed on a program airing on the History channel tonight. I know that I shouldn’t be rooting for criminals, and perhaps somewhere in my mind, one of them looks like Clint Eastwood, but I rather hope they did make it and are alive. The planning and execution of their escape was flawless, they managed something no one else ever had. The men would be in their eighties now, I say pardon them and let them come home and tell their story. I would love to hear it. What do you think? Did they survive the escape attempt? If they did, can we call off the life sentences and just let bygones be bygones? Or do you think that if found, they should be returned to prison? http://nypost.com/2015/10/10/relatives-have-proof-alcatraz-escapees-are-still-alive/
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@LadyDuck (176814)
• Switzerland
12 Oct 15
I do not believe that they survived, but if they did, I agree with you. Let them come home and let us know the whole story.
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@Rollo1 (16685)
• Boston, Massachusetts
12 Oct 15
There were some bones found washed ashore once, and they've now ruled out the possibility that they belonged to one of the Anglins, because they did DNA testing with relatives. But they could have been Frank Morris (Clint Eastwood) because they can't rule that out, he has no living relatives to get DNA from.
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@LadyDuck (176814)
• Switzerland
12 Oct 15
@Rollo1 It's a shame if no one survived, it is intriguing to know how they managed to escape.
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@LadyDuck (176814)
• Switzerland
13 Oct 15
@Fleura This is a logic reasoning, they do not need "live" DNA... It seems they do not want to know.
@Tampa_girl7 (26219)
• United States
12 Oct 15
It depends on what they were in prison for.
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@Rollo1 (16685)
• Boston, Massachusetts
12 Oct 15
They were lifers, so it had to be something bad. But, if they are still alive, they are in their eighties. Maybe not so much of a threat.
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@TheHorse (72440)
• Walnut Creek, California
12 Oct 15
Marie, I was wondering that too.
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@Fleura (7197)
• United Kingdom
13 Oct 15
@Rollo1 According to Wikipedia they were bank robbers, among other things.
• United States
12 Oct 15
This would be something my husband would be interested in, I'll have to ask him.
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@Rollo1 (16685)
• Boston, Massachusetts
12 Oct 15
For me, it's remembering to turn on the TV. I forget everything.
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@TheHorse (72440)
• Walnut Creek, California
12 Oct 15
I think it would be fascinating to hear their stories. But what if they returned to their lives of crime and have details they wouldn't want to reveal?
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• Preston, England
12 Oct 15
if they survived they may not be alive now. The break out was in 1962 the year I was born, and I am 53 - the photos from their arrests show men in their 30's and 40's.
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@marlina (78066)
• Canada
12 Oct 15
I think I saw that movie but not 100% sure. I hope I don't forget to put the channel on tonight.
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@Jessicalynnt (47880)
• Centralia, Missouri
12 Oct 15
no, we prob shouldn't be rooting for the criminals but.... I think many hope they made it. That much work? They almost deserve to have made it. Mythbusters I think proved it would have been super hard, but possible, albeit unlikley
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@Fleura (7197)
• United Kingdom
13 Oct 15
Interesting stuff! That's a difficult question, they already served some years in prison so maybe they deserve another chance? And the plot was certainly well planned and executed. It seems odd they left their personal effects (whatever they were) on the raft though. I've been to Alcatraz, it doesn't look so far to the mainland but apparently the currents are treacherous.
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@Rollo1 (16685)
• Boston, Massachusetts
13 Oct 15
Maybe they left their stuff so people would think they drowned? Easier to hide if no one is looking for you?
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@Fleura (7197)
• United Kingdom
13 Oct 15
@Rollo1 Very true, maybe it was all part of the scheme.
@jstory07 (69981)
• Roseburg, Oregon
12 Oct 15
I think they did survive and they changed their names and stayed out of trouble.
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@TheHorse (72440)
• Walnut Creek, California
12 Oct 15
What makes you think they were able to stay out of trouble? Or do you just mean not get caught for subsequent crimes?
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@wiLLmaH (8236)
• Singapore, Singapore
13 Oct 15
I need to refresh my memory. I saw the movie when I was only I think 10-12 years old.
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@ison_1 (1241)
13 Oct 15
I hope they made it as well. It would be great to hear their story. Hello Anja :)
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@sofssu (14447)
13 Oct 15
Interesting.. I never watched the movie.. I guess letting prisoner go away Scott free would make heroes of them. I am not sure we need examples like that today with our kind of crimes.
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@garymarsh6 (14429)
• United Kingdom
15 Jan 17
If they did make it they have obviously turned their lives around as they have never been caught again, I am not sure if I would give a pardon especially if they had murdered a loved one of mine! It would be interesting to find out if they did survive the treacherous tides of San Francisco bay. It is a fascinating story nevertheless.
@simone10 (21647)
• Louisville, Kentucky
15 Oct 15
If they are still alive, they must have changed their bad ways or they would have been found before now. If that is the case, then I think they should be pardoned.
@DianneN (85144)
• United States
14 Oct 15
I not only saw it, but was there. Not at the same time - lol.