SAN FRANCISCO, California - It's widely believed that nobody has ever escaped from the Alcatraz Federal Penitentiary and lived to tell about it. A new study now suggests an infamous jailbreak from the maximum security prison more than 50 years ago might have been successful, if the escapees had good timing.
Researchers from the Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands have created a computer model based on the currents around the island on the night of an escape on June 11, 1962. They found the three men (Frank Morris and brothers Clarence and John Anglin) might have survived the frigid and turbulent waters around "The Rock", only if they shipped off on their makeshift boat around midnight.
The FBI admits their daring plan was "ingenious". From leaving dummy heads in their beds, to chipping a hole in their cell, and then making a raft out of 50 plus stolen raincoats, these guys seemed to have done the impossible. But did they really live happily ever after or just drowned trying?
According to the research if they left the island "before" midnight, they would have been swept out to sea. Leaving "after" midnight would have pulled the escapees back into the San Francisco Bay where they would've been detected by officials. But if the fugitives flew the coup when the clock struck twelve, the tides might have sent them close enough to shore where they might have been able to swim to safety.
Of course, no one really knows what happened to these men, but leave it to Weird Science to raise questions about this great escape from Alcatraz, and if it can actually hold any water!