Many notorious criminals had made their presence here to include: Al “Scarface” Capone, George “Machine Gun” Kelley, and Robert Stroud, also called the “Birdman of Alcatraz”.
Public hangings were carried out on a total of 16 men convicted for murder and rape, the main gate is believed to have carried out here.
Inmates on The Rock
Al “Scarface” Capone -
George "Machine Gun" Kelly -
Robert "The Birdman" Stroud -
James "Whitey" Bulger -
Mickey Cohen -
Founded in 1775 by Juan Manuel de Ayala, Alcatraz Island was placed onto the map to unknowingly be used as a Military and Federal prison. Ayala called the 22 acre rocky island “La Isla de Los Alcatraces”, meaning “Island of the Pelicans”.
In it’s early years as a military prison Alcatraz held many people that were either Confederate sympathizers and even people that were accused of treason. The Army decided that Alcatraz would be more desirable to be used as a prison due to the extreme cold water and strong currents. They thought that no successful escapes attempts would ever occur from being on this island, little did they know they may have been proven wrong.…
The prison of prisons, the island of Alcatraz in San Francisco Bay has been an asset to the U.S. Army, the federal prison system, jailhouse folklore, and the historic evolution of the West Coast.
Despite its reputation as a cold and unforgiving penitentiary, Alcatraz is now one of the most prominent tourist attraction in San Francisco.
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