this day in crime history: march 21, 1963

On this date in 1963, the prison they called “The Rock” was closed by the Department of Justice. The federal penitentiary at Alcatraz opened in 1934. At its peak, it held over 200 inmates. Some of its more famous residents include Al Capone, George “Machine Gun” Kelly, and Robert “Birdman” Stroud.

For more info, check out these sites:

National Park Service Alcatraz website

Alcatraz History

Alcatraz Cruises

Ghosts of Alcatraz

5 thoughts on “this day in crime history: march 21, 1963

  1. John D.:
    With SF the way it is NOW, you’d think they’d REOPEN it, upgrade it with all the “green” technologies ever created and make it what it was meant to be…a PRISON.
    Helluva alternative energy experiment to say the least.

    (then again, we’d have the chase out Sam Neill, who we know is STILL several levels under there doing his job)


    Roll safe.


    • I doubt they’ll ever reopen it. Too expensive to run it, which is why they closed it in 1963. But it is open as a National Park, which is cool. I’d really like to visit it someday.


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