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Man who escaped from Alcatraz sends message to FBI after being free for 50 years

Alcatraz is a place of legend, the inescapable prison that housed the most dangerous criminals in America.

For years we all believed that no one had ever succeeded at breaking out of Alcatraz, although dozens have tried. But new evidence has come to light and it’s giving us some tingly feels because this just may be the evidence that proves three men not only escaped but survived for years afterward.

The wildest part? One of the escapees supposedly sent a letter to the FBI. Read on to find out why.

The Island of Gannets

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Alcatraz, a name that means “Island of Gannets” in reference to the birds that flock there, became a penitentiary in 1934, and was notorious for holding particularly difficult inmates. With three stories, this prison was a vicious place to live. The cells were bare, the staff was brutal, and the inmates were not much kinder.

The island was supposed to be inescapable

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Thanks to the fact that the penitentiary sits on Alcatraz Island in San Francisco Bay, escape was nearly impossible. The water around the prison is freezing cold, and contains strong currents that make reaching the shoreline difficult. Despite these challenges, over 30 people have tried to escape from Alcatraz. Until now, none were thought to have succeeded. Basically this place is Azkaban in the real world.

Other escape attempts

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If you want more proof of how hard it was to get out of Alcatraz alive just look at the other men who tried to escape. There were 14 others attempts during the 29 years that Alcatraz was in operation. Out of the 36 people who tried to escape, 23 were caught, eight died during the attempt, and five are missing (but most people think they drowned. That water is no joke).

The most intricate escape attempt ever devised

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The attempt made by three men in 1962 was a little bit different. Frank Morris, John Anglin, and Clarence Anglin created an elaborate plan that began a year before it was actually put into motion. This absurd plan required stolen spoons and saw blades, an improvised drill, accordions, dummy heads, a raft made out of fifty raincoats, and an escape through the vents. Don’t worry: you’ll hear all the dirty details soon enough.

Who was Frank Morris?

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Before we tell you all about how they escaped, we need to meet the criminals. Frank Morris was a criminal from the age of 13, and was arrested for everything from narcotics possession to armed robbery. He was only moved to Alcatraz after escapingfrom Louisiana State Penitentiary and then getting recaptured. But who were his compatriots?

Who were the Anglin brothers?

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Together with Frank Morris, John and Clarence Anglin created the plan. These brothers were inseparable, but not exactly what you’d call upstanding. They were first caught breaking and entering when Clarence was 14, then went on to rob banks. One thing we can say for these crooks: they typically did not use weapons and tried not to injure anyone.

The Escape Plan

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Ok here’s where it gets juicy. Morris was the ringleader and created a fairly ridiculous plan to escape. Each inmate widened the ventilation ducts in their walls with a variety of weird implements. How did they cover the noise? Well obviously with Morris’ accordion music.

Out the vents

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From these vents the escapees made it to the roof, where they created a raft out of fifty raincoats they stitched together and inflated with another accordion (who knew that was the go-to object for prison escapes). But the final and most important piece of the plan was that they created papier-mache heads to stick in their beds and fool the guards. Ingenius.

How did they make it to shore?

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After escaping their cells, the inmates slid down a vent pipe, climbed barbed wire fences, slipped past the searchlights and gun towers, and took off on their raincoat raft. This is where we lose track of the details. The FBI at the time said no raft was ever found, and closed the case in 1979.

The investigation as it stands today

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Are you ready for things to get weird? This case is about to reopen, because a letter sent in 2018, over 50 years after this escape, claims to be from the one and only John Anglin. You’ll never believe what it says.

The mysterious letter

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While law enforcement is quite suspicious that any of the three are still alive, things have gotten a bit muddy. In January of 2018, TV station in California received a letter claiming to be from John Anglin. What’s even more wild is that he offered to give himself up in exchange for one simple thing.

What the letter says

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“My name is John Anglin. I escaped from Alcatraz in June 1962 with my brother Clarence and Frank Morris…Yes we all made it that night but barely!”  These words come directly from the letter sent to KPIX 5. And the letter isn’t the only source that claims the men survived.

Where have they been all this time?

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It turns out that some of the Anglins’ relatives have said for years that John and Clarence were alive. This photo even surfaced in 2015, supposedly showing the brothers in Brazil in 1975. The supposedly solid story of the FBI may have a few holes.

Here’s where it gets tricky

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BUT on the other hand, the FBI did fingerprint the new letter, matched it for DNA and for the handwriting, and found no evidence that it was from Anglin. So we’re all left asking…is the letter real or a fake?

But why did he write the letter?

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Let’s assume for a moment that John Anglin is the author of this mysterious letter. What motivation could a man have for writing to the authorities 50 years after he escapes from prison? We’ll let him tell you in his own words.

Escapee, 90, seeking medical attention

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Here’s what John Anglin said in his letter:” I have cancer. If you announce on TV that I will be promised to first go to jail for no more than a year and get medical attention, I will write back to let you know exactly where I am. This is no joke.”

A bold move

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You read that right. This man is ballsy enough to offer to serve a single year of his remaining time in jail in exchange for cancer treatment. Let’s be honest: I’d spend a year in jail if I got all my medical expenses too and I didn’t even rob a bank.

Coach Whitey Bulger

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If the men did escape from Alcatraz, they supposedly had a bit of help. Whitey Bulger wrote a letter to a nephew of the brothers, saying he had given them advice on how to stay hidden after escaping. He was in Alcatraz at the same time as the trio. High profile coach indeed.

Whitey and Friends

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It turns out Whitey Bulger was not the only famous fellow to spend time in Alcatraz, and names like his are why we’re still obsessed with the prison today. Other well known inmates included George “Machine Gun” Kelly, Roy Gardner, Henri Young, and the most famous: Al Capone.

Al Capone in Alcatraz

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As one of the most famous inmates at “The Rock” as Alcatraz was called, Al Capone was a source of public fascination. The press were interested in what jobs he held while he was there, pestering the warden. He wasn’t the only source of intrigue though. Robert Stroud even earned a public nickname thanks to his odd behaviors.

The Birdman of Alcatraz

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Robert Stroud was not a nice guy. He murdered a John who refused to pay the prostitute he was pimping, then went on to murder a guard in front of the entire mess hall. These delightful behaviors are what got him sent to Alcatraz, where he found a love for canaries. He ended up writing two books about them, and there was even a movie made about his life.

Modern day Alcatraz

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These days Alcatraz is not what it used to be. It closed as a penitentiary in 1963, and now it’s run by the National Park Service. Visitors can go on tours to see the facilities that held inmates. It continues to hold a deep sway over tourists, with some even claiming to see ghosts.

Swim to Alcatraz

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If you want to get even more up close and personal with the experience of trying to escape from Alcatraz, there are now monthly swims in the San Francisco Bay. Why not take a little jaunt through the choppy water? Sounds easy.

Visiting Alcatraz

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If you’re not a “get in the water” type, all you have to do is take a 15 minute ferry ride to get to the island. It’s certainly a different experience from the wild ride on a raincoat raft that Frank Morris, John Anglin, and Clarence Anglin took 50 years ago.

Check out some fan theories

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If this story wasn’t wild enough for you, there are plenty of myths and conspiracy theories about Alcatraz. People report seeing ghosts in forms as wild as a large yellow cat or purple faces. They hear gunshots, banjo, or harmonica. There are legends that there are tunnels and dungeons honeycombing the island. If nothing else it’s a great place for a ghost story.

Media attention continues

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So what about this amazing escape? Will we ever know if the three survived or not? The public is certainly interested, with dozens of articles, a History Channel story, and a CBS special.

Stories like this encourage tourists

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I’m sure inclined to head to Alcatraz on my next visit to the Bay. Who wouldn’t want to take a look at the vents they escaped through, the waters they rowed through, the fences they climbed over? The wild ongoing saga continues to capture attention.

Even though the FBI gave up, we’re still curious

So even though this case is closed by the FBI and the only people still investigating are the U.S. Marshals, the Twenty Two Words detectives are on the case (by which we mean doing a lot of internet searching and creating elaborate theories to explain what happened).

What do you think?

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If you think you know what happened to these three men, you better let us know in the comments. Did they make it to Brazil? Were they secretly in contact with their families? Or did they die on the crossing to the mainland? We’ll never know.

A wilder theory yet

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Of course it’s possible that we were all wrong and this Twitter user has the solution: the men were rescued by Amelia Earhart, zooming over them in a biplane. Ok. We’ll check the Bermuda Triangle next.

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Container ship carrying 2000 cars,37 Porsches worth millions of dollars sink in the coast of France.

An Italian container ship bound for Brazilwhile carrying some 2,000 cars including some three dozen Porsches caught fire and sank in the Atlantic Ocean just off the coast of France last week.

All 27 crew members aboard were rescued by the British military, though French authorities quickly began to clean up an oil spill caused as a result of the sinking.

The vessel ran aground on March 12 about 150 nautical miles southwest of Brest, France, at a depth of 15,000 feet beneath the surface of the ocean.

The German automaker confirmed on Tuesday that the doomed vessel was carrying four models of the 911 GT2 RS.

This handout picture released on March 12, 2019 and taken on March 11 by the French Marine Nationale shows flames on the Italian merchant ship Grande America off the coasts of the French Brittany
This handout picture released on March 12, 2019 and taken on March 11 by the French Marine Nationale shows flames on the Italian merchant ship Grande America off the coasts of the French Brittany
All 27 crew members aboard were rescued by the British military, though French authorities quickly began to clean up an oil spill caused as a result of the sinking
All 27 crew members aboard were rescued by the British military, though French authorities quickly began to clean up an oil spill caused as a result of the sinking
The vessel ran aground on March 12 about 150 nautical miles southwest of Brest, France, at a depth of 15,000 feet beneath the surface of the ocean
The vessel ran aground on March 12 about 150 nautical miles southwest of Brest, France, at a depth of 15,000 feet beneath the surface of the ocean

Production of this specific model ended last February, but Porsche will manufacture a few more to make up for the lost shipment, according to Carscoops.

Each vehicle carries a retail price of about $293,200.

The Stuttgart-based company wrote a letter to its Brazilian customers informing them that they would reproduce the model especially for them.

‘We are sorry to inform you that, due to a fire, a Grimaldi group ship, that was transporting your vehicle, sank on March 12, 2019,’ the company wrote to its customers.

‘And for that reason, your GT2 RS can not be delivered.

‘As you may know, Porsche ended the 911 GT2 RS production on February 2019 and under normal circumstances, it wouldn’t be possible to give you another car.

French authorities are working to contain an oil spill off the Atlantic Coast after the Italian tanker sank following a fire
French authorities are working to contain an oil spill off the Atlantic Coast after the Italian tanker sank following a fire
The Italian-registered vessel had been bound for Casablanca from Hamburg when the fire broke out at 8pm on March 10
The Italian-registered vessel had been bound for Casablanca from Hamburg when the fire broke out at 8pm on March 10
The 27 sailors rescued were then taken to the French port of Brest and while there were no life-threatening injuries, some required hospital treatment
The 27 sailors rescued were then taken to the French port of Brest and while there were no life-threatening injuries, some required hospital treatment
The crew of HMS Argyll spent eight hours saving every soul aboard the Grande America in the Bay of Biscay after the ship's cargo of containers and cars caught fire
The crew of HMS Argyll spent eight hours saving every soul aboard the Grande America in the Bay of Biscay after the ship’s cargo of containers and cars caught fire
The lifeboat carrying the members of the crew is seen in the foreground while the burning cargo ship is seen in the background
The lifeboat carrying the members of the crew is seen in the foreground while the burning cargo ship is seen in the background
The Royal Navy responded to a mayday from the 28,000-ton merchant ship about 150 miles southwest of Cape Finisterre
The Royal Navy responded to a mayday from the 28,000-ton merchant ship about 150 miles southwest of Cape Finisterre

‘But, due to the nature of the situation, and considering that you’re a loyal and highly valuable customer for our brand, Porsche has decided to resume the GT2 RS production in Germany, and your vehicle will be produced in April, with delivery scheduled for June.

‘We recommend that you contact your local Porsche Center for further information.’

In addition to the 911 GT2 RS, Porsche had a number of other models that were lost at sea.

They include 718 Caymans, Boxsters, and Cayennes.

In total, there were 37 Porsches aboard the Grande America.

Another European car maker, Audi, lost a number of its vehicles in the shipment, including the Audi A3, A5, RS4, RS5, and Q7 models.

A crew of 27 were saved from the Grande America on March 11 as it was engulfed in flames after a Royal Navy vessel moved in to rescue them from 150 miles away.

It took sailors on HMS Argyll just eight hours to save every person aboard the 28,000-ton merchant ship in the Bay of Biscay after the ship’s cargo of containers and cars caught fire.

The crew aboard the Grande America merchant ship had been trying to fight the flames but were forced to abandon it, climbing into their lifeboat despite the 5m to 6m swirls in the sea at night.

The cargo included four models of the 2018 Porsche 911 GT2 RS (seen here on display in London in June)
The cargo included four models of the 2018 Porsche 911 GT2 RS (seen here on display in London in June)

The lifeboat’s engine had been damaged, which left it unable to move away from the flames leaving the crew ‘bobbing around like a cork in a bathtub.’

On receiving a mayday message, the Argyll moved 150 miles through difficult sea conditions to launch their small sea boat, which was used to nudge the lifeboat against the safety of the frigate so the crew could be lifted to safety one-by-one.

Lieutenant Commander Dave Tetchner, from HMS Argyll, said: ‘It was pretty awful for them – they’d had to fight a fire in dreadful seas.

‘Every one of them suffered smoke inhalation. Then they faced the prospect of abandoning ship and then their lifeboat failed. It was pretty awful all round and they were shocked.

‘You see container ships like this every day when you’re sailing around the world. What you do not see is one in flames – it was a dreadful sight.’

The image above taken by French authorities shows the extent of the oil slick coming from the Grande America on Monday
The image above taken by French authorities shows the extent of the oil slick coming from the Grande America on Monday
French authorities are bracing for the arrival of an oil slick that is creeping toward its southwest coast
French authorities are bracing for the arrival of an oil slick that is creeping toward its southwest coast
Grimaldi Lines, the Italian company which operates the vessel, said that the ship carried 365 containers - 45 of which had ¿hazardous materials¿
Grimaldi Lines, the Italian company which operates the vessel, said that the ship carried 365 containers – 45 of which had ¿hazardous materials¿
The above image released by the French Navy shows VN Partisan ship departing from Brest on Thursday after the Grande America burned and sank
The above image released by the French Navy shows VN Partisan ship departing from Brest on Thursday after the Grande America burned and sank
French authorities are now working to clean up the oil slick after the vessel's 2,200 tons of heavy fuel seeped into the water
French authorities are now working to clean up the oil slick after the vessel’s 2,200 tons of heavy fuel seeped into the water
The French Navy released this image from Saturday showing a military helicopter flying over the oil spill
The French Navy released this image from Saturday showing a military helicopter flying over the oil spill
French authorities said that because most of the hazardous materials on board the Grande America had already burned, the damage was likely to be ¿very localised¿ and ¿would not have serious consequences for the environment.¿
French authorities said that because most of the hazardous materials on board the Grande America had already burned, the damage was likely to be ¿very localised¿ and ¿would not have serious consequences for the environment.¿

The 27 sailors rescued were then taken to the French port of Brest and while there were no life-threatening injuries, some required hospital treatment.

The frigate had been returning to Plymouth after nine months in the Asia-Pacific region working with allies overseas.

The MV Grande America was still aflame when Argyll left the merchant ship around 5am.

The Italian-registered vessel had been bound for Casablanca from Hamburg when the fire broke out at 8pm on March 10.

Defense Secretary Gavin Williamson said: ‘HMS Argyll’s swift and selfless response to very dangerous situation in difficult conditions undoubtedly saved 27 lives. I commend her crew.

‘This rescue demonstrates that even on the final leg of a challenging nine-month deployment to the Far East, the Royal Navy’s sailors remain vigilant and professional at all times.’

Clean up efforts are underway after 2,200 tons of heavy fuel seeped into the ocean.

Grimaldi Lines, the Italian company which operates the vessel, said that the ship carried 365 containers – 45 of which had ‘hazardous materials,’ according to the BBC.

These materials included 10 tons of hydrochloric acid and 70 tons of sulphuric acid.

French authorities said that because most of the materials had already burned, the damage was likely to be ‘very localised’ and ‘would not have serious consequences for the environment.’

A man Dies while ‘chewing’ girlfriend in a lodge

Police arrive at a scene of crime. [Source/Kenya Police/Twitter]

Police in Migori county are investigating an incident where a man, aged 30, reportedly died while in the company of his girlfriend in a lodging.

The incident happened on Tuesday night at a lodging within Rongo Town, where the man identified as Collins Odhimabo Ochieng’ reportedly developed breathing difficulties.

He later died at the Rongo Hospital where he was rushed to after the girlfriend raised alarm.

Confirming the incident, Rongo Sub-County Police Commander Kibet Kirui said that the man fell sick while with the woman, according to her confessions.

“The woman told police that she went to the man that night where they booked the said room before he fell ill. He died while undergoing treatment at Rongo Hospital,” he told the Standard.

He added that trouble began at around 2:00 PM and the woman was among the people who escorted him to the health facility where he succumbed.

“According to the man’s girlfriend at around 2:00 am the man developed some complication on breathing and she escorted him to the hospital,” said officer Kirui.

The police boss said that a probe has been launched into the issue to establish the cause of the death, and the body has been moved to the Rosewood Mortuary in Rongo.

What is Nollywood turning into,look at the suffering this actress put herself through just to land a role

Popular Ghanaian actress, Ella Mensah, has revealed that she bleached her skin in other to be getting movie roles in Nollywood. In a snippet of an interview that Delay Ghana posted on her Instagram page, Ella revealed how much she spent on bleaching her skin. According to the actress, she had to take an injection which cost about costs £2,000 “I don’t use cream to bleach my skin, I took an injection.” 

 

She claim to have  spent a whooping N960k on bleaching just to ge roles in Nigerian movies.

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The actress who added that she owes no one an explanation for bleaching her skin, says it has helped her gain recognition in the movie industry. ‘I thought about it and it is my own skin and thank God I am not going to hurt or kill anybody. So I did it because I love it and also partly because of my job.’

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In a previous interview with Sammy Flexx on Zylofon Fm,  Ella revealed that Nigerian movie producers and directors prefer giving roles to light-skinned actresses as they see them more attractive.

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‘If you are a dark-skinned person, your talent alone is not going to push you up because a producer once told me that I have the height, the body and that I am look attractive’’

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Perhaps this is the very thing that actress, Beverly Naya was trying to address, when she  recently shot a documentary titled “Skin”.  The documentary which is is produced byBeverly Naya and directed by Etim Effiong features several notable celebrities like Phyno, Bob Risky, Eku Edewor, and Dianna Yekinni.

WOW! Beverly Naya spills shocking details about self-esteem issues and discrimination against skin colour

Watch the trailer of her documentary here

The dark-skinned actress revealed her reason behind shooting her documentary as she drew from her personal experiences to make the documentary.

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In an interview with a presenter on Wazobia Max TV, she recounts her experience on she was being bullied because of her crooked teeth and eczema which messed up her self-esteem. Naya said while she has not necessarily felt low self-esteem because of her skin color, but she has seen that happen to other people.

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AKA fires shot at Bonang

AKA is back at again, folks. But this time its looking like this might be the most subtle he has been in a while when it comes to his Twitter rants.

Late last night, AKA took to social media to give us this sub-tweet about his  #AKAOchestraOnTheSquare show, that took place on Sunday.

Did anyone else catch the shade or was it just us?

As fate would have it, his ex Bonang launched her champagne House of BNG, the following day (Monday).

In true Bonang fashion, the Queen of everything went big (and pink) on her big day. Inviting media, her favourite bloggers and other high profile celebs to join her in welcoming her highly anticipated champagne.She also was the cover star for Cosmopolitan magazine, which hit the shelves on the same day of her champagne launch. Can you say ‘Bonang Day” ? It was definitely looking like she was taking over and with all that, the media mogul was trending for 48 hours straight after that.So when AKA took to social media to post this tweet, he was coming off a little salty. But why would he be, right? From the tweets and the HD quality photos on from his show that went out…we could see that King Forbes did his thing (as usual) in a Supa Mega way. So you mad, sir?Social media had their opinions and speculations on this tweet too:

What are your thoughts on this tweet? Should AKA just bask in the glow of his success from the show? Was it necessary to throw shade the Queen’s way? Let us know what you think.

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