Secrets of the Dead: The Alcatraz Escape will be released Tuesday, June 7th on DVD. Ironically, its release will come almost fifty-four years to the day that Frank Morris and brothers Clarence and John Anglin broke out of Alcatraz Prison. That was June 11th, 1962. The men broke out of what was supposed to be an inescapable fortress of a prison and then floated away on a raft made of raincoats that they had personally assembled during their incarceration. In the five-plus decades that have passed since the men escaped, one thing has remained a mystery—the fates of the men. Now in this new episode of Secrets of the Dead a trio f Dutch scientists has assembled to try and solve once and for all the lingering mystery.
The story of the men’s escape is told via interviews with just some of those close to the cold case and others. Among those close to the case featured in the program are: Jolene Babyak, US Marshal Michael Dyke, and Patrick Mahoney. Babyak is the daughter of one of Alcatraz’s associate wardens, thus leading her to spend much of her youth at the prison. She was present at Alcatraz the night of the men’s escape. Dyke is the Marshal currently in charge of the still-open cold case. Mahoney was a guard at Alcatraz from 1956 – 1963.
The scientists tapped to try and solve the mystery of the escapees—Olivier Hoes, Rolf Hut, and Fedor Baart—use maps, charts, 3D computer modeling, and even a makeshift mockup of the raft crafted by the inmates to determine if they could have survived the cold waters of the San Francisco Bay after their initial jailbreak.
Secrets of the Dead: The Alcatraz Escape will be available Tuesday, June 7th. It will retail for MSRP of $24.99 but can be pre-ordered online now at a discounted price of $19.99 via PBS’ online store. More information on this and other episodes of Secrets of the Dead is available online now at:
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