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Alcatraz Imagine yourself existing in a dirty smelly cold prison cell that has water dripping down the walls from the ceiling and hardly ever seeing daylight If you were a guest at Alcatraz that is exactly what you would experience Alcatraz was a Federal Prison located in the San Francisco Bay It was built on a twelve acre solid rock island one mile from the main land There were no roads or bridges built to get there The only access was by boat The name Alcatraz means Pelican or strange bird The reason it was named that was because when it was being built it had a lot of strange birds on it It was built in 1933 as a federal maximum security prison But prior to Alcatraz being built it had been a military prison and before that an Indian Reservation There have been several famous inmates who served time at Alcatraz A short list would include Al Capone George Machine Gun Kelly and Robert Birdman Stroud Al Capone was convicted of mass murder after ordering his gang of mobsters to gun down 9 members of a rival mobster family execution style It was said to be the most brutal mass murder in history He was held at Cook County Jail in Chicago until arrangements could be made for his transfer to Atlanta On May 4 1932 he started his prison sentence there It was not until August of 1934 that he was transferred to Alcatraz He spent 4 12 years there It wasnt an easy time for Big Al He got in a fight with another prisoner and was put in isolation for eight days He was also stabbed with a pair of shears while he was getting his hair cut After being diagnosed with a terminal disease in 1938 he was transferred to Terminal Island Prison in Southern California to serve out the remainder of his sentence He was released
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