Haunted 1946 Battle Of Alcatraz Death Chamber
This Utility Corridor is reputed to be the most haunted spot at Alcatraz.
In May 1946, Bernard Coy, Marvin Hubbard, and Joe Cretzer attempted a daring escape at the prison. It failed quickly, so the convicts took guards as hostages. Soon, they had 9 guards held in two separate cells.
Out of frustration, Cretzer fired randomly into the two cells and wounded four and killed one guard. When guards stormed the cell house to retake control, another Federal Guard was killed.
The Warden called in the military who launched a massive assault on the cell house. Unsuccessful, the Marines switched tactics and drilled holes through the roof in which they dropped grenades.
This drove the three convicts into the Cell Block C utility corridor where they were later found dead with weapons still clutched in their hands. Other conspirators gave up the fight early on, but Coy, Hubbard, and Cretzer had refused to surrender.
Aftermath: 3 convicts dead. 2 executed at San Quentin for their involvement. 1 convict given a Life sentence. 3 guards killed and 14 wounded.
The escape from Alcatraz, chronicled in the movie by Clint Eastwood, was accomplished by 3 convicts who tunneled their way into a similar Utility Corridor in their cell block.
November 20th, 2011
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