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

One thought on “this day in crime history: march 21, 1963

  1. John D.
    I read somewhere that they recently found some )previously in known) tunnels under the prison and other building.
    Considering it was once a lighthouse , a fort, and a military prison, it makes sense.
    (either that, or Sam Neill is STILL “open for business”).

    Good story.

    Roll safe out there.

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