Lead: For 29 years perhaps the most intimidating sound in the American judicial system was the slammer, the collective crack of 250 pound automatic doors that, at the touch of a lever, enclosed the inmates of the U.S Penitentiary, Alcatraz.

Intro.: A Moment in Time with Dan Roberts.

Content: At 7:15 on the morning of June 12, 1962, a guard in the cell block of Alcatraz made his usual morning rounds. Outside a thick fog had descended upon San Francisco Bay and surrounded the tiny prison island obscuring the dawn and the view of the guards in the watchtowers above. Someone noticed that Frank L. Morris, John Anglin, and John’s brother Clarence did not get up. When they did not respond the guard entered the cell. In near disbelief, he announced the three had escaped the most fearsome prison in the Federal system. That escape would sound the death-knell of one of the most famous prisons in the world. Lubyanka, the Bastille, Fulsom, Sing Sing, the Hanoi Hilton, none would come close sharing the reputation of Helcatraz, on “The Rock.”

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