Dutch Scientists Claim To Have Solved Mystery Of 1962 Alcatraz Prisoner Escape

CBS San Francisco

SAN FRANCISCO (KPIX 5) — Dutch scientists claim to have solved the mystery of the infamous escape from Alcatraz, and they say the Hollywood version got it all wrong.

At a conference in San Francisco Tuesday, Dutch scientists will reveal that the three prisoners could have absolutely made it across San Francisco Bay alive.

“It’s very plausible they made landfall,” Rolf Hut of the Delft University of Technology told KPIX 5’s Mark Kelly.

To figure out what happened on that night in 1962, researchers needed two key pieces of info from Alcatraz – the tides that night, and from where the men left the island.

Using tidal records, the researchers discovered timing was crucial for a successful escape.

“It’s really sensitive to timing, which time they entered the water,” Hut said.

Paddling northward between 11 p.m. and midnight the men would have had a good shot at reaching land, according…

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