Thursday, December 18, 2014

Could Alcatraz Escapees have Survived?

On June 11, 1962, 3 men attempted a bold escape from a federal penitentiary affectionately called "The Rock".  Frank Morris and 2 brothers John Anglin, and Clarence Anglin pulled off a complicated and many have felt "impossible" plot to escape Alcatraz in a raft made of raincoats.

The 3 inmates disappeared into the night and were never heard from again.

Over the years there has been a lot of speculation and even a fairly decent movie starring Clint Eastwood about the jail break.  

It seems that this subject is something that both urban legend loving folks and science loving folks alike have an interest in this particular piece of history.

Heck, even my heros, the guys with the perfect job (other than mine), The MythBusters, took a look at this one.  And their trial showed that it was *possible* to have gotten off the island and survived.

However, despite all the romantic tales of the 3 inmates surviving, the vast majority have felt they met with a rather quick and unfortunate end.

But wait just a moment...

It seems that science isn't quite done with this one... yet.

2 Durch researchers have presented some very interesting data that indicates *scientifically* that this little escapade may darn well have been doable and survivable.

Take a look at the article from Wired and let me know what you think.

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