By Ira Nadel, Donald MacDonald
Shrouded in secret and wealthy with background, Alcatraz attracts over one million viewers every year. This enlightening quantity presents the 1st whole heritage of Alcatraz instructed via its structure. In pleasant illustrations and obtainable textual content, authors Donald MacDonald and Ira Nadel show the layout judgements that experience formed the island from its first brick and masonry castle to the notorious concrete cellblock, to the panorama layout of its modern gardens and poultry sanctuaries. full of exciting proof all through, this little treasure permits an exceptional glimpse into the lifetime of the island.
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Al Capone, bootlegger and gang- their cells, Warden Johnston sent an arranged telegram to Attor- ster and Alcatraz prisoner No. 85, arrived in the first shipment. ney General Homer Cummings, which read “fifty-three crates of Opposite: Figures 46 & 47 Below: Figures 48 & 49 59 CHAPTER 4 furniture from Atlanta received guards alike. ” years in solitary in D Block and The first prisoners were later eleven years in an isolated cell in joined by George “Machine Gun” the prison’s hospital. (Figure 52) He Kelly, escape artist Roy Gardner, died on November 23, 1963, the and murderer Robert Stroud (the day after the assassination of John “Birdman of Alcatraz”), all sent F.
Inmates were sequestered on Alcatraz until they stopped sat in special corners in the recreation area that were protected being troublemakers, then they were transferred back to their old from the wind. Using specifically marked dominoes on a special prisons. Over the twenty-nine years that Alcatraz operated as a board, the bridge players sat on cotton-stuffed cushions playing federal penitentiary, the highest number of prisoners at one time on small tables. A former inmate, Jim Quillen, reported that was 342, the lowest 222.
Of inmates. San Francisco’s shore, a little more than a mile In all, there were fourteen attempts involving thirty-six men, away, let the prisoners see what they were missing every day. the first in 1936 by Joseph Bowers.