It’s a legendary disappearing act—and one of the most complex prison breaks in history. On June 11 1962, Frank Lee Morris and brothers John and Clarence Anglin managed to break out of fortress-like Alcatraz Island federal penitentiary and brave the rough, freezing waters of the San Francisco Bay in a handmade raft. Their masterful plan employed contraband tools, dummy heads made from soap and human hair, life jackets sewn from raincoats, and an ingenious combination of opportunism and careful planning.

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