this day in crime history: january 13, 1939

On this date in 1939, five inmates, including Arthur “Doc” Barker of the infamous Barker-Karpis gang, attempted to escape from the federal prison on Alcatraz Island. The men escaped from the cell house after sawing and bending the bars on a window. They made their way to the shoreline and attempted to escape on a makeshift raft. When they were discovered, three of the inmates, William Martin, Henri Young, and Rufus McCain surrendered. Barker and inmate Dale Stamphill were shot by guards. Barker died later from his wounds.

Further reading:

Alcatraz Escape Attempts

Alcatraz – Escapes

Alcatraz – Arthur “Doc” Barker

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3 thoughts on “this day in crime history: january 13, 1939

  1. John D.:
    Never thought ANY of the Barker Gang wound up on the “rock”…
    I figured they were all stuck in some INLAND fed prison.

    Learn something new every day.
    Very good story (and links).

    Roll safe & stay warm out there.

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