Frank Morris the most famous convict ever to escape from Alcatraz prison and who was presumed to have drowned by authorities has
been found to be living under the assumed name of Padraic Welsh in a remote part of Connemara on the western coast of Ireland.
Frank now 83 years of age decided the time was right to break the silence and put the record straight after 47 years living a tranquil life in a remote part of the west of Ireland.
Recounting the night of June 11, 1962, Frank said the escape went ahead as planned and along with fellow escapees brothers John and Clarence Anglin they placed the dummies in their beds, escaped through the vents at the back of their cells and into the utility corridor. They then proceeded onto the roof and down to the bay. There they boarded the raft they had constructed and disappeared into the night to rendezvous with a boat which they had arranged to pick them up, they then destroyed the raft and scattered personal belonging into the bay to throw the authoritys off their trail.
Frank having relatives from the west of Ireland and an aunt living in Connemara had already organised passage to the Emerald Isle prior to escaping as for John and Clarence Anglin he never heard from them since and often wonders what became of them.
As for plans for the future Frank says he is quiet happy in the west of Ireland and is totally fluent in the Gaelic language and keeps fit by taking a swim every single day in the Atlantic.
There is a sparkle in his voice as he talks about the blockbuster movie “Escape from Alcatraz” where Clint Eastwood famously portrayed Frank and how much he would love to meet Clint and perhaps return to visit Alcatraz some day.