137: Battle of Alcatraz

Hometown History

Apr 15 2024 • 25 mins

In today's episode of Hometown History, we dive deep into the turbulent waters surrounding Alcatraz Island, unearthing the harrowing saga of the Battle of Alcatraz. This tale, far removed from its Hollywood depictions and video game incarnations, reveals the true face of what was considered the most secure prison in America. With its iron-clad security measures, from guard towers armed to the teeth to the remote-operated steel cell locks, Alcatraz was a fortress designed to quell the faintest hopes of escape.

Yet, the indomitable spirit of its inmates led to one of the most intense and dramatic uprisings in American penal history. Join us as we peel back the layers of this impenetrable fortress, exploring the meticulous planning and desperate courage that fueled an escape attempt turning into an all-out battle for freedom.

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