Friday, June 20, 2014

Informant claims one of Alcatraz escapees is still alive

Alcatraz Island
Carol Highsmith photo, Library of Congress
An unnamed informant says one of the three men that escaped from Alcatraz prison in 1962 is still alive and "has done a lot of good in the world since escaping."

The claim was made in the wake of the publication earlier this week of a story on a possible connection between the Jackson County town of Greenwood and the 1962 "Escape from Alcatraz." That article included details about how local and federal investigators searched the Greenwood area in 1989-1991 after receiving credible information that two of the men had been living in the vicinity.

Clarence Anglin, 1960 (FBI)
An eyewitness in 1989 said that she knew one of the escapees, Clarence Anglin, and told the U.S. Marshals Service that he was living on a secluded farm near Greenwood, Florida, along with a second man that she thought might be Frank Morris. She did not mention seeing John Anglin, who was Clarence Anglin's older brother and the third participant in the escape. Other eyewitnesses over the years have reported seeing John Anglin as well and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) was not able to rule out John as the person who wrote a check to an Alabama store in the 1960s.

Please click here to read the original article: Greenwood and the Alcatraz escape.

The information from the informant is as follows:

Greenwood from the air.
Nice post. Once of these men is still alive, both have lived full good lives that did not include a return by either of them to a life of crime and have raised wonderful families. There are a few details you conveniently left out of your story that reveals more about them on a personal note and circumstances that landed them in Alcatraz. The conditions they experienced were horrible and when given a choice they took a chance as opposed to suffering. Neither ever made excuses for what they did but they have lived good Christian lives and done a lot of good int he world since escaping.
When both have passed on there are arrangements to tell there story for the benefit of others.

John Anglin, 1960 (FBI)
The statement is intriguing because it matches closely with information developed from other sources.

Those sources indicate that the escape was successful and that two of the men succeeded in crossing San Francisco Bay to Angel Island and the Marin Headlands. From there they were picked up by car and eventually made their way back east to their old home turf in the "Wiregrass" area of Southwest Georgia, Southeast Alabama and Northwest Florida.

Other sources also indicate that one of the men has passed away but that one of the escapees remains alive and is now in his 80s, that he has raised a family and that he has avoided further trouble since the time of his escape.

Frank Morris, 1960 (FBI)
The new informant notes that the story posted here earlier this week about a possible Greenwood connection to the escape did not delve into the circumstances that landed the men in Alcatraz. This was due to a space limitation, so look for a more in-depth account on the lives of the three men this Sunday here at

I normally do not post statements from anonymous informants, but found this one particularly interesting because the information provided matched so closely with what I have been able to learn from other sources.

You can read the original article at


Anonymous said...

The last laugh. Like most others that know the Anglin's story, I hope they made it. But it just occurred to me a reason why I think they didn't make it. Because the family insists they are alive.
Think about it. If JW and Clarence were alive, wouldn't the family members swear they were dead to protect them? Why keep things stirred up and keep the US Marshals on the case? Retribution. They can string the government (that tortured the brothers) along for at least another 20 years and they will have the last laugh. Pretty smart. The descendants of migrant fruit pickers fooled everyone from the FBI to the New York Times to the Dothan Eagle. I hope before the last relative chuckles for the last time, they take a bow and admit one of the biggest, most successful hoaxes in US history. That's family. Gotta love 'em

Dale Cox said...

I think they probably made it - or that two of them probably made it. The study just released on the currents the night of the escape showed that they would have been carried to the Marin Headlands, which is where there were alleged sightings and a car theft that night.

Personally I don't believe they have been in contact with their family (or at least their close family). They would have been captured that way. The only way to avoid capture would have been to stay away from family and known acquaintances. If they did that, they could still be out there, although the years are passing.

My personal belief is that they escaped with a little help and lived out their lives in quiet hiding.

Good thoughts, though!