Man Sends Letter Claiming He Survived Escape From Alcatraz

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He was presumed dead in the ocean, along with his two breakout partners

Imagine if The Shawshank Redemption was real, and Andy actually did escape to live a free life on a beach somewhere, awaiting his friend Red. Well, it seems it kinda/sorta was real. At least, there was a real-life daring breakout from a high-security prison, and at least one of the men may have actually survived.

Whether or not he was framed for a crime he didn’t commit is neither here nor there, this is a feel-good story!


John Anglin was one of three men to “successfully” escape the legendary island prison, Alcatraz, along with his brother Clarence and a man named Frank Morris. The trio fled the prison in June 1962 and was never found or heard from again, leading many to believe that they perished in the Pacific Ocean before reaching shore.

Apparently, John survived, at least according to a letter that was sent to the FBI in 2013. Obtained by KCBS, a CBS News affiliate in San Francisco, the letter reads:

“My name is John Anglin. I escape from Alcatraz in June 1962 with my brother Clarence and Frank Morris. I’m 83 years old and in bad shape. I have cancer. Yes, we all made it that night but barely!”

Anglin and his accomplices had used a homemade drill they’d made with a broken vacuum cleaner motor to widen their vents and crawl into a network of tunnels and pipes, eventually making it to the roof and sliding down to a smokestack to a raft they’d assembled with fifty raincoats. Then they promptly drowned and/or got eaten by sharks.

Or so law enforcement assumed.


“The Federal Bureau of Prisons say that they drowned once they got off of Alcatraz and their bodies were swept out to the Pacific Ocean — end of story,” National Park Service Ranger John Cantwell told KCBS.

In the letter, Anglin claims he lived in North Dakota and Seattle before settling in Southern California and had resurfaced because he was suffering from cancer and was willing to serve a year in a jail if the feds would treat his illness.

As exciting as all this sounds, it may not actually be true. Author Jolene Babyak is the daughter of the warden was living on the island at the time of the escape (she still remembers the sirens that night) and has since written several books on Alcatraz. She admits that the letter offers “lots of allegations, no real evidence, nothing you can follow up on,” and U.S. Marshals agree, having dismissed the letter and closed the case.

If Anglin did survive, he would have been 83 at the time of the letter and even older today. Here’s hoping he had some money socked away, and a friend who “knows how to get things” to hang out with.


Video Of Dad’s DIY Zipline Ends About As Well As You’d Expect

Few things make a dad more proud than building something himself that, otherwise, would have cost him an arm and a leg at the store. Of course, when it comes to serious recreation/friggin’ ninja gear, maybe seek some outside advice.

Don’t get me wrong; the mechanics appear to be top notch. It’s the foresight and execution that need a little work.

Father has daughter test the new backyard zip-line.

Oh well. At least you saved those few extra bucks, right?

8-Year-Old Practices Headers With Dad’s Team… Real Madrid


When your father is Marcelo Vieira, professional football (soccer) player for one of the most prominent clubs in the world, it’s only natural that you’d want to follow in his footsteps.

Fortunately for 8-year-old Enzo, dad and the rest of the team are more than happy to let him spend time in the locker room, honing skills and making memories he’ll never forget.

Father Figures: Financial Planning

“My son had his 10th birthday party yesterday and he ended up with a whopping $50 in cash and gift cards, making him basically a millionaire. After adding up his bounty, he immediately asked for me to take him to the store so he could buy a video game.

Naturally I did the fatherly thing and suggested he save the money for future things: college, family, retirement… I told him that when I was his age I remember blowing all my birthday money on a copy of Street Fighter 2 for Sega Genesis. I played that game like crazy for a few months. Then it got old, and I moved on. Had I invested that money in say… Microsoft, I’d probably be able to afford name brand work polos that don’t fit like a poncho.

He gave me an epic eye roll as though I’d suggested he light the money on fire.

I just want Tristan to be a rock star father, and the next CEO of a fortune 500 company.
Or an astronaut.
Or the president of the United States.
Or all three.
Is that too much to ask?

Last week, he scored two goals in his pewee soccer game, and he once made a robot out of Post-It notes.

Obviously the boy has huge, massive, potential. A good savings account, along with some wise investments, could set him up for major success.

I say this like I have a savings account.

Not surprisingly, we ended up here, before the video game case, just after dinner, looking for some Pokémon game that I can’t pronounce or spell probably.

I looked at his face as we shopped, and I thought about how I did the same thing a million times as a child. There’s something so gratifying about getting a little money and then blowing it on something stupid at the store. And although I really wanted him to save the money. Although I wanted him to make the adult decision, I totally understood why he was at the store, tapping his toes excitedly before the video game case.

Because the fact is, as much as teaching my son to save his money is part of my job as a father, blowing your birthday money is equally a huge part of being a little boy.

This was his time to shine.

We bought the game. He opened it in the car, and told me all about how cool it was. And the moment we got home I pulled the ultimate fatherly move by making him clean his room before he could play his new game.”

– Clint Edwards, Author of “I’m Sorry…Love Your Husband.

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The 10 Funniest Tweets About Your Kids’ Last Day Of School


Bedroom doors are about to be barricaded. Furniture is about to get sticky. Kitchen trash cans are about to overflow with the past year of schoolwork. Summer break is upon us. Celebrate the last day of your kids’ school year with these 10 hilarious tweets from parents who are now counting down the days until August.

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Dad Trolling: Level 1000.

You’re never gonna dance again. Well, at least until the first day of school this fall.

Thanks, please send them home with a bag of glitter next year.

Worth a try.

Schools sure love getting their money’s worth on printer ink.

No, seriously.

Get ready to put some mileage on that iPad charger.

Adapt. Evolve. Survive.

Go ahead. Phone it in. You’ve deserved it.

Larry Nance Jr. Recreates His Father’s Iconic Dunk From 1984

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During this year’s NBA Dunk Contest, Larry Nance Jr. of the Cleveland Caveliers donned a retro Phoenix Suns jersey with his father’s number and performed a near perfect reproduction of Larry Nance Sr.’s epic windmill dunk for 1984.

Larry Nance Jr. recreates his father’s dunk from 1984 from gifs

Nance Sr. was in attendence for the competition and could be seen looking proud as hell.

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“Those are moments that I don’t know if any father or son has ever had,” Nance Jr. said after the contest. “To me, that’s the coolest part of it all. I’m already having several pictures blown up to be framed.”

Additionally, despite Nance Sr.’s number being retired in Cleveland, Nance Jr. was recently given special permission by the Cavs to wear 22—the number father and son have shared throughout their mutually impressive careers.