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The Real Story Behind The Great Escape From Alcatraz

3. The Unthinkable Escape

Alcatraz was the toughest prison on the planet until it closed in 1963. The maximum-security prison was designed to make it impossible for the worst of the worst criminals to come in contact with the rest of society.

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Many Alcatraz prisoners had tried and failed to get off the island over the 29 years that it served as home to a maximum-security prison. What made the infamous Alcatraz escapees so special that they could break past the toughest security procedures of the time?

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