Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Raised on the Rock

Linda Stevens spent part of her childhood on Alcatraz Island.

For her 76th birthday, Stevens and 30 relatives toured the building that housed the families of prison guards, including her dad. "This was part of our growing up, and it was a wonderful place to grow up as a kid," Stevens said.
Stevens remembers a failed escape attempt when guards marched two recaptured prisoners right past the children, stark naked. And she has memories of The Rock's most famous resident, mob boss Al Capone. "We used to go out on the deck and see Al Capone's mother come to visit him, and she always had a big, long fur coat on. And dressed to the hilt," she said. [Link]

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