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Famous Inmates at Alcatraz

List Criteria: Only notable prisoners at Alcatraz Federal Penitentiary

List of Famous Inmates at Alcatraz ranked by fame and notoriety. Alcatraz Federal Penitentiary is a prison located on Alcatraz Island off the coast of San Francisco. Alcatraz operated from 1934 through 1963 and during that time they had several famous prisoners. Alcatraz had 36 inmates make escape attempts, none of which were successful.

Who is the most famous inmate at Alcatraz? Notorious gangster Al Capone tops our list. Capone spent four and a half years at Alcatraz and he continued to run his illegal operations behind bars by buying off the prison guards. Mafia man Mickey Cohen also spent time at Alcatraz and became partially paralyzed by another inmate who beat him with a pipe.

Frank Lee Morris was an Alcatraz inmate who attempted to escape in 1962. He escaped along with brothers John and Clarence Anglin and was never seen again. Authorities presume that Morris died in the attempt. Another famous Alcatraz inmate Ellsworth “Bumpy” Johnson, the American mob boss and bookmaker, claims that he arranged for a boat to pick up the escapees, but authorities dismissed his comments as an attempt to receive a plea deal.

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  1. Died at 48 (1899-1947)

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  2. Died at 63 (1913-1976)

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  4. Clarence Carnes Died at 61 (1927-1988)

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  5. Joseph Paul Cretzer Died at 35 (1911-1946)

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  6. Died at 39 (1909-1948)

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  7. Joseph Bowers Died at 40 (1896-1936)

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  8. Herbert Allen Farmer Died at 57 (1891-1948)

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  9. Died at 24 (1913-1937)

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  12. Robert Franklin Stroud Died at 73 (1890-1963)

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  13. Clarence Anglin Died at 31 (1931-1962)

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  14. John Anglin Died at 32 (1930-1962)

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  15. Alvin Karpis Died at 72 (1907-1979)

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  16. Bumpy Johnson Died at 63 (1905-1968)

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  17. Roy Gardner Died at 56 (1884-1940)

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  18. Bernard Coy Died at 46 (1900-1946)

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  19. Arthur Barker Died at 40 (1899-1939)

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  20. Harvey Bailey Died at 46 (1876-1922)

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  21. James Lucas Died at 61 (1813-1874)

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  22. Rafael Cancel Miranda age 84

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  23. Thomas R. Limerick Died at 36 (1902-1938)

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  24. Died at 81 (1901-1982)

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  25. Henri Young

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    James Boarman age 95

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  27. John K. Giles Died at 84 (1895-1979)

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    Volney Davis Died at 77 (1902-1979)

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    Floyd Hamilton

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    Harold Brest

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    Rufus McCain

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    Rufus Franklin age 98

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