|Name||#||Claim to Fame|
|Allie Anderson||340||Former Miami police officer turned white slaver who beat up Alvin Karpis.|
|Theodore Audett||208 |
|Jailhouse author noted for his fantastic claims about other prisoners and his own life. Claimed to be Barker Gang member, but this is disputed by the facts.|
Known at Alcatraz as a snitch and a hypochondriac.
Defense witness in 1946 Blast-Out Trial
Also known as "Blackie".
|Harvey Bailey||139||Partner of Machine Gun Kelly|
Believed to be involved in Kansas City Union Station Massacre
|Basil Banghart||595||Burglar who became famous for helping Frank Touhy escape from the Illinois State Penitentiary at Joliet (1942).|
Also known as "Owl".
|Lloyd Barkdoll||423||Bank robber.|
Attempted escape in 1941.
|Arthur Barker||268||Member of Barker/Karpis Gang|
Shot and killed during 1939 escape attempt.
Also known as "Doc"
|Albert Bates||137||Partner of Machine Gun Kelly (117-AZ)|
|John Bayless||466||Determined escape artist. Tried off the Rock 9-15-41. Injured spine in attempt. Tried when put on trial for escape in San Francisco 12-21-42. Both attempts failed.|
|Edward Bentz||307||Associated with Machine Gun Kelly (117-AZ).|
|James Boarman||571||Accomplice in Floyd Hamilton and Fred Hunter's 1943 escape attempt.|
Shot and drowned.
|Joe Bowers||210||Alledged to be first escape attempt|
|Harold Brest||380||Participant in Floyd Hamilton's 1943 escape attempt.|
|Al Capone||85||Chicago Gang-Lord.|
Also known as "Scarface"
|Theodore Cole||258||Involved in first certain escape attempt (1937). Presumed drowned.|
|Bernard Coy||415||Planned and led the 1946 Blast-Out.|
|Joseph Cretzer||548||Leader of 1941 escape attempt from the mat shop|
Leader of 1946 Alcatraz Blast-Out. Cretzer is the one who shot the guard hostages during this three day long battle. Killed or committed suicide on 4 May 1946.
|A.W. Davis||311||Wrote series on Alcatraz from the Inside for the San Francisco News|
|Volney Davis||271||Member of Barker/Karpis Gang|
Believed to have sold other gang members out.
Beat up Alvin Karpis, 1936.
|Elmer Farmer||299||Barker/Karpis Gang member.|
|Herbert Farmer||332||Part of the Kansas City Massacre Conspiracy.|
|Charles Fitzgerald||315||Oldest member of Barker-Karpis gang. (Born 1877)|
|Harry Fleisher||320||Member of Purple Gang.|
|Sam Fleisher||327||Member of Purple Gang.|
|Rufus Franklin||335||Participant in 1938 escape attempt.|
Wounded by Officer Stites.
Received life sentence with James Lucas for murder of Officer Royal Cline.
|Richard Galatas||331||Part of the Kansas City Massacre Conspiracy.|
|John Giles||250||Attempted escape by posing as a technical sergeant using uniform components stolen from laundry. Giles, a loner, came closer than any other man to escaping from Alcatraz.|
|Floyd Hamilton||523||Driver for Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrows|
During his 1943 escape attempt, Hamilton was believed to have drowned. He hid out in a sea cave for two days before turning himself in.
|Maurice Herring||491||Victim of Cecil Snow (222-AZ).|
|Fred Hunter||402||Partner of Alvin Karpis after fall of Barker Gang|
Attempted escape with Floyd Hamilton (1943)
|Carl Janaway||393||Hospital "cellmate" of Al Capone.|
|Alvin Karpis (Karpavicz)||325||Public Enemy Number One.|
Associate of Arthur "Doc" Barker.
Served longest amount of time on Alcatraz (25 years, 1 month)
|George Kelly||117||Infamous Mid-Western Bank Robber & Kidnapper|
Also known as "Machine Gun Kelly"
|Arnold Kyle||547||Accomplice in the attempted break-out from the mat shop, 5-21-41.|
Brother-in-law of Joseph Cretzer.
|Henry Larry||95||Author of Examiner Series about Alcatraz (1936)|
|Thomas Limmerick||263||Killed during 1938 escape attempt|
|James Lucas||224||Stabbed Al Capone with a pair of shears|
Involved in 1938 escape attempt from the mat shop with Limmerick and Franklin. Only uninjured attempter. Given life for murder of guard Royal Cline.
|William Martin||370||African-American bank robber.|
Accomplice in Doc Barker's 1939 escape attempt.
Also known as "Ty".
|Rufus McCain||267||Accomplice in Doc Barker's 1939 escape attempt.|
Killed by Henri Young.
|Frank Mulloy||330||Part of the Kansas City Massacre Conspiracy.|
|Rufe Persful||284||Former trusty at Tucker State Prison Farm, Arkansas|
Chopped off two fingers of his hand to gain transfer to Springfield
|Donald Phoenix||295||Barker/Karpis Gang member.|
|Burton Phillips||259||Attacked Warden Johnston during 1937 strike.|
|Pet Reed||181||Author of "Alcatraz is Hell" series in Examiner (1938)|
|Thomas Robinson||379 |
|Kidnapper who may have been framed by his victim, the wife of a friend of President Franklin Roosevelt.|
Sentenced to death in second trial.
President Truman commuted his sentence to life.
|Ralph Roe||260||Involved in first certain escape attempt (1937). Presumed drowned.|
|Harry Sawyer||297||Barker/Karpis Gang member.|
|Jack Selbin||326||Member of Purple Gang.|
|Sam Shockley||462||Twice accused of attempting to escape. First attempt 5-21-41. Second May 2-4 1946 (the Blast-Out). Executed for murder of Officer Miller on 12-3-48. Many prisoners thought that Sam was not involved directly in either incident and was insane.|
|Cecil Snow||222||Stabbed and killed Maurice Herring (491-AZ). Acquitted by jury.|
|Walton Spark||200||Accomplice in John Dillinger's Indiana jail breakout|
|Dale Stamphill||435||Accomplice in Doc Barker's 1939 prison break.|
|Joe Stein||319||Member of Purple Gang.|
|Robert Stroud||594||So-called "Birdman of Alcatraz" (well, really Leavenworth.)|
Negotiated with assaulting guards and marines on behalf of D-Block prisoners under bombardment.
|Harmon Waley||248||Kidnapper of his employer, George Weyerhauser.|
Upon release returned to work for the Weyerhauser Co. in Seattle.
|Huron Walters||536||Attempted escape on 8-7-43.|
|Thomas Wareagle||79||Native-American Kidnapper|
|Henri Young||244||Accomplice in 1939 Barker Escape Attempt.|
Stabbed and killed Rufus McCain (267). Jury reduced charge to manslaughter.
Subject of heavilly fictionalized film Murder in the First starring Kevin Bacon and Christian Slater.
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