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Why did they close Alcatraz?
I have heard that no one ever escaped from Alcatraz. Is this true?
Best Answer - Chosen by Asker: False, it was closed shortly after the escape.
Three escapees, Frank Morris and brothers John and Clarence Anglin, disappeared from their cells on June 11, 1962, less than a year before the prison was closed.
Alcatraz was operated until the Kennedy administration, when Attorney General Robert Kennedy ordered it closed because it was costing the government more money to keep a prisoner over night at Alcatraz than a stay at the Waldorf in New York. It was closed on March 21, 1963 and the menu in the mess hall still displays that date, and the chow listed for that morning.