We made it through Monday! I hope you’re having a great week so far. I made the mistake of trying to go to the DMV this morning and was told I didn’t have the right documents, so I’ll be going back sooner than I wanted to. Other than that, so far this summer consists of cleaning, organizing, pool time, cooking, laundry, and a whole lot more laundry haha.
One of the things I love to do in the summer is read, read, read. I read a lot throughout the year, but the summer allows me to catch up and read by the pool. I love to read about American history, especially Californian history. Years ago as a young child, I visited San Francisco with my family and was fascinated by Alcatraz Island. It was mysterious, dark, and I couldn’t even imagine having to live there and listen to all the people in the city just a boat ride away.
The men who were imprisoned there must have had such a terrible time listening to those same sounds while being locked away. I remember reading somewhere that one of the things an inmate was saddened by was the sounds of people celebrating New Year’s Eve across the bay. It’s no wonder they would’ve wanted to escape.
The only escape attempt that could have possibly worked is one that occured on this night, back in 1962. I say possibly because the men were never found or seen again. So what happened? Three men, (there was supposed to be a fourth) stumbled upon the fact that there was an inside corridor behind their cells. John Anglin, his brother Clarence, and Frank Morris hatched a plan to escape and never looked back.
They created dummy heads made of plaster, placed them under their pillows, and went to work digging their way out of the cell and into the corridor. Each night, they would return to their cells and continue working until they could dig their way out. They had made plans including an inflatable raft and paddles and were never heard from again.
According to the FBI website, the escape was never solved. They believe the men probably drowned with the harsh currents and freezing temperatures. There are family members of the inmates, however feel they escaped and over the years have been sent items they believe prove it. What do you think? Did they escape or did the bay get them?