beneath alcatraz

programme information


1 x 60'

Production Company

Hoff Productions





Episode Information

June 11, 1962, Alcatraz Federal Penitentiary. In the dead of night three prisoners – Frank Lee Morris, Clarence Anglin, and John Anglin – did the impossible. Desperate and dangerous, they escaped from Alcatraz. Only traces of their bold breakout were found in the freezing San Francisco Bay. The three men were never seen nor heard from again. Until now their fate has remained a mystery. Did they make it to freedom, or die trying? This film chronicles the Bay Area's own scientists and researchers as they look for answers. Scientists like Dr Ralph Cheng, an expert on the Bay's hydrodynamic properties; Tom Belcher, a specialist in underwater investigations; San Francisco Bay Model's Hydraulic Engineer Dan Schoof; record-breaking rough water swimmer Fred Ferroggiaro; and Alcatraz historian Jolene Babyak. The answers lie Beneath Alcatraz.

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