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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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  4. Clarence Carnes 1927

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  5. Joseph Paul Cretzer 1911

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  7. Joseph Bowers 1896

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  8. Herbert Allen Farmer 1891

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  12. Robert Franklin Stroud 1890

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  13. Clarence Anglin 1931

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  14. John Anglin 1930

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  15. Alvin Karpis 1907

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  16. Bumpy Johnson 1905

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  17. Roy Gardner 1884

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  18. Bernard Coy 1900

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  19. Arthur Barker 1899

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  20. Harvey Bailey 1876

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  21. James Lucas 1813

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  22. Rafael Cancel Miranda 1930

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  23. Thomas R. Limerick 1902

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  25. Henri Young

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