Sixty years ago this week, the people of the Bay Area woke up to one of the most fascinating and amazing stories of the century, as three young, athletic brains achieved something that had long been accepted as impossible: they escaped from Alcatraz.
“Three Alcatraz convicts shoved their way out of a thick concrete cell block with spoons and escaped from prison yesterday,” The Chronicle’s June 13, 1962, front-page story began. “Their fate is unknown.”
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