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Clarence Anglin

Also Known As: "note: living status unknown"
Birthplace: Colquitt, Miller County, Georgia, United States
Death: Note: Missing, presumed drown-body never found
Immediate Family:

Son of George Robert Anglin and Rachael Van Anglin
Brother of Rufus T Anglin; Charlie B Anglin; Verna Newberry; Audrey Bazemore; George Robert Anglin, Jr. and 8 others

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This article needs additional citations for verification. Please help improve this article by adding citations to reliable sources. Unsourced material may be challenged and removed. (March 2009) Clarence Anglin Clarence Anglin.jpg Born May 11, 1931 Donalsonville, Georgia Disappeared June 11, 1962 (aged 31) Alcatraz Clarence "Larry" Anglin (born May 11, 1931) better known as Clarence Anglin, is or was an American criminal and folk figure who took part in the infamous June 1962 Alcatraz escape.

Both brothers were thought by law enforcement to be deceased for more than 53 years. On October 12, 2015, however, a History Channel documentary, Alcatraz: Search For The Truth, provided new evidence in the case. A photograph and other items purporting to show Anglin and his brother John on a farm somewhere in Brazil in the mid 1970's were provided to law enforcement by family members of the brothers. After forensic analysis was performed, the photo was determined to be authentic.

Contents [hide] 1 Early life 2 Alcatraz 3 Popular culture 4 See also 5 References 6 External links Early life[edit] Clarence Anglin, along with brothers John and Alfred, was born in Donalsonville, Georgia, one of six children born to George Robert Anglin and Rachael Van Anglin. The brothers worked as farmers and laborers. Clarence was first caught breaking into a service station when he was just 14 years old.[1] Together the brothers started to rob banks in Georgia, and were arrested in 1958 after robbing the Bank of Columbia branch in Columbia, Alabama.[2] John and Clarence were given 15-to-20 year sentences and were sent to Atlanta Penitentiary (where they first met Frank Morris and Allen West), Florida State Prison, and Leavenworth Federal Penitentiary. Clarence Anglin was known to have a tattoo of "Zona" on his left wrist and one of "Nita" on his right upper arm.[3]

Alcatraz[edit] Clarence and John were both sent to Alcatraz after being caught attempting to escape from the state penitentiary. John arrived on October 21, 1960, as Alcatraz inmate AZ1476, and Clarence arrived on January 10, 1961, as Alcatraz inmate AZ1485. By September 1961, Morris, West, and the Anglin brothers were planning an elaborate escape attempt, which was carried out on the night of June 11, 1962. The four reportedly spent months using spoons and forks to dig holes in the crumbling masonry surrounding the air vents in their cells.[4] The crawl spaces they fashioned eventually pierced the six-and-a-half-inch thick walls until they reached a utility corridor, from which they were then able to shimmy out through a roof vent.[4] To prepare for their flights, they also produced a raft and life vests out of more than 50 cotton raincoats with rubberized backing, that inmates were assigned.[4] They also had created mannequin heads out of paper mache, paint, and hair purloined from the prison barber shop, leaving them in their beds while they worked on the raft.[4]

Morris and the Anglin brothers subsequently disappeared without a trace and are still wanted by the FBI, although they are believed to have drowned in San Francisco Bay.[5] Conversely, there have been reported sightings of the three men over the years, [6]suggesting that they may have survived. Another factor used to assume their survival is that the bodies of two out of every three people who go missing in San Francisco Bay are eventually recovered.[4] If he were alive today, Clarence Anglin would be 84 years old. Marie Anglin Widner, the sister of the two brothers, visited the iconic federal penitentiary on the 50th anniversary of the Anglin Alcatraz escape. According to Widner at the time, she had no doubt (or never has), in her mind that the men survived their escape.

Popular culture[edit] Main articles: Escape from Alcatraz (book) and Escape from Alcatraz (film) In 1963, J. Campbell Bruce published his book Escape from Alcatraz about escapes from Alcatraz Island, including that of Morris and the Anglin brothers.[7] The 1979 film Escape from Alcatraz starred Clint Eastwood, Fred Ward, and Jack Thibeau as Frank Morris, John Anglin, and Clarence Anglin respectively. Allen West was played by Larry Hankin; his character's name was changed to Charlie Butts.[8]

On October 12, 2015, the History Channel premiered a documentary about the 1962 Alcatraz escape, focusing on John and Clarence Anglin and the possibility that their escape was successful. The program, Alcatraz: Search for the Truth provided viewers with evidence kept by the brothers' family that included: Christmas cards signed by "John" and "Clarence"; an audio tape of a childhood family friend, Fred Brizzi, telling the family in the early 1990s about a chance encounter in 1975 with the brothers in Rio de Janiero, Brazil; a photograph taken by the same family friend in 1975 of two men resembling John and Clarence Anglin. After presenting this evidence to Art Roderick, a former deputy U.S. Marshal who had been assigned to the 1962 cold case before his retirement, the evidence was examined by forensic experts. Among the experts was a photo and facial recognition analyst who determined the photograph of the two men to be John and Clarence Anglin.[9][10][11][12]

See also[edit] List of Alcatraz escape attempts List of people who disappeared mysteriously Theodore Cole and Ralph Roe References[edit] Jump up ^ Jump up ^ "Anglin brothers". Retrieved 8 May 2013. Jump up ^ "Wanted by U.S. Marshals - Anglin, Clarence" (PDF). U.S. Marshals Service. Retrieved 2012-06-10. ^ Jump up to: a b c d e Leff, Lisa. "Escape from Alcatraz: 50 years later, mystery remains". Jump up ^ Jump up ^ History Channel documentary on YouTube Jump up ^ Bruce, Campbell J. (1963). Escape from Alcatraz. ISBN 1-58008-678-0. Jump up ^ "Escape from Alcatraz (1979)". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved 2008-12-07. Jump up ^ Amy Graff (October 12, 2015). "New claim: Alcatraz escapees might have survived. could still be alive". SF Gate. Retrieved October 13, 2015. Jump up ^ "ALCATRAZ: SEARCH FOR THE TRUTH". The History Channel. Retrieved October 13, 2015. Jump up ^ "50 years later, new evidence suggests 3 Alcatraz escapees may still be alive". WPIX-11. October 12, 2015. Retrieved October 13, 2015. Jump up ^ Staff Writer (October 12, 2015). "The picture that 'proves' two inmates DID escape from Alcatraz: Notorious escapees didn't drown, body-surfed behind a passenger ferry to freedom and started a farm in Brazil, claims family". Detroit Newstime. Retrieved October 13, 2015. External links[edit] Clarence Anglin profiled at America's Most The Great Alcatraz Escape Clarence Anglin at Find a Grave Categories: 1931 births1958 crimes in the United StatesMissing peoplePossibly living peopleAmerican bank robbersAmerican escapeesFugitives wanted by the United StatesInmates of Alcatraz Federal PenitentiaryFugitives wanted on robbery chargesEscapees from United States federal government detentionPeople from Donalsonville, GeorgiaEscapes and escape attempts from Alcatraz Navigation menu Create accountNot logged inTalkContributionsLog inArticleTalkReadEditView history

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May 11, 1931
Colquitt, Miller County, Georgia, United States
Note: Missing, presumed drown-body never found