• Short Summary

    AFTER 29 YEARS OF PLAYING HOME TO AMERICA'S MOST HARDENED CRIMINALS, ALCATRAZ FEDERAL PENITENTIARY IN SAN FRANCISCO BAY HAS OPENED ITS DOORS AND CLOSED DOWN.

  • Description

    AFTER 29 YEARS OF PLAYING HOME TO AMERICA'S MOST HARDENED CRIMINALS, ALCATRAZ FEDERAL PENITENTIARY IN SAN FRANCISCO BAY HAS OPENED ITS DOORS AND CLOSED DOWN.THE LAST GROUP OF INCORRIGIBLES TOO TOUGH FOR OTHER PRISONS, WERE TRANSFERRED LAST THURSDAY AND THE LEGENDARY MAXIMUM SECURITY LOCKUP FOR A LONG LIST OF MURDEROUS NAMES WAS ENDED.

    AMONG THOSE WHO RESIDED ON THE "ROCK" WERE "SCARFACE" AL CAPONE, ROY GARDNER, LAST OF THE LONE BAD MEN OF THE OLD WEST, ALVIN KARPIS, KIDNAPPER, BANKROBBER AND MURDERER, BASIL "THE OWL" BANGHART WITH A 25-YEAR CRIMINAL RECORD.WILLIAM COOK, SENTENCED TO 300 YEARS FOR FIVE KIDNAPPINGS, ENDED UP BEING EXECUTED BY THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA.MICKIE COHEN AND FRANKIE CARBO WERE INMATES IN MORE RECENT YEARS; BUT THEY ALL HAD ONE THING IN COMMON - LONG POLICE RECORDS AND BEING TOO TOUGH FOR OTHER PRISONS.ODDLY, THE AVERAGE I.Q.(INTELLIGENCE QUOTIENT) OF THE ALCATRAZ INMATES WAS ABOVE THAT OF THE NEIGHBOURING COMMUNITY OF SAN FRANCISCO.

    ALCATRAZ SERVED THE PURPOSE OF RELIEVING THE TENSION IN OTHER PRISONS BY TAKING THEIR PROBLEM CRIMINALS.;IT GAVE THE REMAINDER OF THE PRISON SYSTEM A CHANCE TO WORK OUT CORRECTIVE SYSTEMS THAT WERE HINDERED BY THE HARD CASE INMATES OF ALCATRAZ.

    OPENED IN 1934 IT IS NOW CLOSED.THE FORBIDDING ROCK IN THE BAY IS EMPTY FOR THE FIRST TIME IN 29 YEARS.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA6J6UKG61UH6Z6XIFUT226W4H
    Media URN:
    VLVA6J6UKG61UH6Z6XIFUT226W4H
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    23/03/1963
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:27:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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