Alcatraz: The Last EscapeAuthor: Ken Widner, Mike Lynch
Title: Alcatraz: The Last Escape
Published On: May 7 2024
Genres: Crime
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When Frank Morris and brothers John and Clarence Anglin boldly escaped from Alcatraz prison on June 11, 1962, it is widely believed that they succumbed to the waters of San Francisco Bay, though no trace of the men has ever been found, only their makeshift raft.

In this reexamination of the escape and its aftermath, the Anglin brothers' nephew presents compelling evidence that his uncles did, in fact, survive, and eventually made their way to Brazil, where they married and had children. Using official, government documents showing how mobster Mickey Cohen may have been involved in the escape, some revealing letters from fellow inmate Whitey Bulger, and recorded testimony from the person who facilitated their escape to Brazil, the authors make a strong case for the Anglin brothers' survival.

In addition, a 1975 photograph of the brothers in Brazil has overcome all challenges to its authenticity by skeptics. This book provides a plausible outcome to one of America's enduring mysteries.

My Review

I found this book to be captivating. The addition of photos and documents added a nice touch to the reading experience. Exploring the lives of John and Clarence was engrossing, and I appreciated learning more about them. However, I encountered some difficulty following the formatting and style of the book at times, which was my only minor complaint.

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