this day in crime history: april 14, 1943


On this date in 1943, four inmates tried to escape from the Alcatraz federal prison. The men, James Boarman, Harold Brest, Floyd Hamilton, and Fred Hunter, overpowered two guards in the industries area of the prison and tied them up. They climbed out the window and made their way to the water’s edge.

While the would-be escapees were entering the water, one of the guards they had tied up managed to alert others of the escape attempt. The alarm was sounded, alerting the tower guards, who opened fire on the men. Boarman was hit. His body sank and was never recovered. Hunter and Brest were rounded up by guards. Hamilton, who was assumed to have died in the escape attempt, hid in a cave on the island until the search was over. Cold and hungry, he was caught three days later hiding in a store room in the prison.

Further reading:

Alcatraz History – Escape Attempts

BoP – Alcatraz

Wikipedia – Alcatraz escape attempts

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5 thoughts on “this day in crime history: april 14, 1943

  1. John D.:
    Stories about “The Rock” (no, not DWAYNE) are always quite interesting.
    That current around there was (and is) always strong, and it could have just swept the injured Boarman away (to get eaten by whatever sharks used to roam around there).

    (Still waiting for Sam Neill to make a comeback…lol)
    😉

    Stay safe out there.

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