Famous Inmates at Alcatraz People
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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 More
  5. Joseph Paul Cretzer

    1911 More
  6. 1909 More
  7. Joseph Bowers

    1896 More
  8. Herbert Allen Farmer

    1891 More
  9. 1913 More
  10. 1929 More
  11. Robert Franklin Stroud

    1890 More
  12. Clarence Anglin

    1931 More
  13. John Anglin

    1930 More
  14. Alvin Karpis

    1907 More
  15. Bumpy Johnson

    1905 More
  16. Roy Gardner

    1884 More
  17. Bernard Coy

    1900 More
  18. Arthur Barker

    1899 More
  19. Harvey Bailey

    1876 More
  20. James Lucas

    1813 More
  21. Rafael Cancel Miranda

    1930 More
  22. Thomas R. Limerick

    1902 More
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  24. Henri Young

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