John Paul Scott
(born in 1926 in Leitchfield
, died February 22, 1986 in bar in Tallahassee
) was the only inmate of Alcatraz
to conclusively reach the San Francisco
shore by floating. Scott was convicted of bank robbery and the possession of unregistered firearms in Lexington
and sentenced to 30 years in prison.
Escape from Alcatraz
John Paul Scott was shipped to Alcatraz Island
and became #AZ2403. On December 16, 1961 he tried to escape from the island together with Darl Lee Park
, a convicted bank robber and hijacker (sentenced to 52 years). The two bent the bars of a window in the latrine of the cellblock, roped down, and made it to the water. They then attempted to float to the San Francisco Shore. For that purpose, they made water wings
from stolen rubber boots. The escape was noticed at 5:47 a.m. Park had to give up after a short time and was recaptured 20 minutes after the escape was discovered on the rock formation Little Alcatraz,
which lies 10 yards from Alcatraz Island.
Although the Coast Guard
was searching the bay, they failed to find Scott. At 7:40 a.m., the Presidio Military police
got a call from four teenagers who found an unconscious person at Fort Point
beneath the Golden Gate Bridge
. That person was John Paul Scott, suffering from hypothermia
. After recovering in the Letterman General Hospital
, he was returned to Alcatraz.
It seemed impossible to escape from Alcatraz
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