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    The legend of the escape from Alcatraz has always held that Frank Morris and Clarence and John Anglin would return for the 50th anniversary of their famed 1962 prison breakout.

    Alcatraz on the 50th anniversary of the escape of inmates Frank Morris, John Anglin and Clarence Anglin.

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    In June of 1962, a prison escape was attempted by American criminals Clarence Anglin, John Anglin and Frank Morris to leave Alcatraz Federal Penitentiary on Alcatraz Island via inflatable raft. They escaped from their cells by crawling through holes in the cell walls which they had dug with spoons over a year's time. This put them into an unused service corridor.

    The great escape from Alcatraz marked its 50th anniversary on June 12, 2012. Five decades earlier, John and Clarence Anglin and Frank Morris disappeared from the high security prison. Though they were said to have drowned in the San Francisco Bay, their bodies were never found. Here, a picture released by the prison shows the dummy head (l.) that was used by John Anglin to fool prison guards into thinking he was in bed.

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    It's been half a century since three inmates pulled off a Houdini-like escape from America's most foreboding maximum security prison, Alcatraz, in San Francisco Bay. On the night of June 11, 1962, Frank Lee Morris and brothers Clarence and John Anglin climbed through spoon-dug tunnels to escape the 'The Rock', launching themselves into choppy seas on a raft made of rubber raincoats. The fugitives - all bank robbers - were never found despite one of the biggest-scale manhunts in history.

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    According to the official version, Frank Morris, and the brothers John and Clarence Anglin were presumed drowned in the cold and choppy waters of San Francisco Bay

    Clarence Anglin. Mug shot of one of the prisoners that made a rare escape from Alcatraz Island. June 1962.

    While many tried, only three Alcatraz prisoners escaped and were never caught, fueling speculation that they successfully made it off the Rock. The men involved in the June 1962 escape are, from left, in their younger and older years, Frank Lee Morris (1926-1962), Clarence Anglin (1931-1962) John Anglin (1930-1962). They dug through cell walls, climbed a ventilation shaft and set sail on San Francisco Bay in a homemade raft. They were never seen again.

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