Jailed Several Times
As an adult, Frank Lee Morris had been thrown in prison a few times and had ultimately kept at the Louisiana State Penitentiary, aka “Alcatraz of the South.” Little did everyone know that this guy was about to achieve something great. Frank Lee Morris had been arrested due to a bank robbery where he was sentenced to 10 years in jail. He however escaped! He was then caught committing another crime but this time he was sent to the one and only Alcatraz prison.
To accomplish a successful escape, one needs a strong team. Frank Lee Morris then formed a team at Alcatraz called “The Rock.” This team had two brothers named John and Clarence Anglin, and a guy called Allen West. The Anglin brothers were from Georgia who later moved to Florida for work. They belonged to a family of seasonal farmers who made a move every once in a while. Each year in June, the family would get north side to pick cherries. This would later serve as an advantage in Alcatraz.
John and Clarence Anglin were extra close while growing up but grew even tighter during their adult years. During their childhood, they would go cherry-picking every June, sometimes all the way to Michigan. The brothers enjoyed swimming in Lake Michigan and were allegedly excellent swimmers. This skill would prove to come in handy in the coming years. As adults, the Anglin brothers would often rob banks. They were first caught in the year 1956. This was only the start.
The Group Forms
While they served their time at the Atlanta Penitentiary, the Anglin brothers made a few attempts to escape. Their failure led them to be sent to Alcatraz, a maximum security prison. They became friends with Frank Lee Morris, the mastermind of the team they formed together. And, with Allen West, the group of four were determined to make an escape from this infamous prison. They would soon escape from the “The Rock” using a brilliant master plan.
Gathering The Resources
The team had an advantage because of the fact that Alcatraz was not only a prison but also a factory. At the federal penitentiary, inmates had to do some work but at “The Rock”, quite a few resources could be taken. The prison was simultaneously serving the US military, creating furniture, clothes, and shoes. These four men were lucky as they were incarcerated for non-violent crimes. This gave them a little space to breathe as they were not under microscopic surveillance like other inmates.
The gang soon moved ahead and got on with their plan slowly. Their plan was tremendously complicated and ingenious on some level. They were now planning to make an escape from the great Alcatraz. The plan was to leave behind human-like dummies as a decoy. The team would have to make their way out of the prison and out of the island, without being noticed by the guards. The guards on Alcatraz were ordered to shoot anyone who attempts to escape, they were a little unforgiving compared to other prisons.