History Channel could help solve infamous Alcatraz escape

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History Channel Could Help Solve Infamous Alcatraz Escape


New information in a History Channel special could help solve Alcatraz prison's most disputed prison break.

In 1962, inmates Frank Morris and brothers John and Clarence Anglin attempted to escape the notorious San Francisco Bay prison — and that's about the only fact that's 100 percent confirmed.

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Alcatraz officials maintain the men drowned during the escape, which gives the prison claim to zero successful escapes during its 29 years of operation.

But the Anglin family claims to have evidence that would put a black mark on the prison's record -- proof that the men survived.

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History Channel could help solve infamous Alcatraz escape
FILE - In this June 12, 1962, file photo, Alcatraz Federal Penitentiary in San Francisco Bay is shown the day three prisoners escaped. The men crawled through holes they'd cut in their cell walls, climbed to the roof and left on a raft fashioned from prison raincoats and rubber cement. They were never found; officials surmised they may have drowned before reaching shore. (AP Photo/File)
** FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE **An exhibit about a 1962 prison escape made famous in the movie, Escape from Alcatraz, is shown in the new cellhouse museum store on Alcatraz Island in San Francisco, Tuesday, April 24, 2007. The former Federal penitentiary and visitor destination on San Francisco Bay, has just benefited from a multi-million dollar restoration and renovation that has transformed and improved the way visitors experience the iconic national park. The project has taken place over the past two years and has revamped the way that visitors experience "The Rock."(AP Photo/Eric Risberg)
A view of the lighthouse on Alcatraz Island, built in 1909 and is still functioning, is shown in San Francisco, Oct. 22, 2001. The sign in the foreground warns of prosecution and imprisonment for for hiding escaped prisoners of the prison. (AP Photo/Fred Seelig)
This is an aerial view of Alcatraz Federal Penitentiary in San Francisco Bay, shown June 12, 1962, the day three prisoners escaped. (AP Photo)
This is an aerial view of Alcatraz Federal Penitentiary in San Francisco Bay, shown June 12, 1962, the day three prisoners escaped. (AP Photo)
This is an aerial view of Alcatraz Federal Penitentiary in San Francisco Bay, shown June 12, 1962, the day three prisoners escaped. (AP Photo)
This is an aerial view of Alcatraz Federal Penitentiary in San Francisco Bay, shown June 12, 1962. Three bank robbers are thought to have escaped using a crude raft or driftwood. (AP Photo)
A rifle grenade fired by a soldier at left explodes at an already shattered and pock marked window at the Federal Prison on Alcatraz Island where rioting prisoners are cornered after killing two guards and wounding 15, May 3, 1946. (AP Photo/Jack Rice)
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Two of the Anglin's nephews are now cooperating with authorities with "the motive to prove [Alcatraz officials] wrong."

The nephews turned over Christmas cards with the brothers' names and a photo that proves the men survived at least through the 1970s.

The lead U.S. marshal who worked on the case for 20 years wants to take the investigation to Brazil, where he believes the escapees fled.

But even if they're found alive, international laws could prevent the brothers from being extradited to the U.S.

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