History seeks truth behind Alcatraz escape

U.S. cable net History is set to launch the investigative special Alcatraz: Search for the Truth on October 12. (Pictured L-R: Ken and David Widner)
September 22, 2015

U.S. cable net History is set to launch the investigative special Alcatraz: Search for the Truth on October 12.

The two-hour special is to recount the 1962 escape from the island prison of Alcatraz by brothers John and Clarence Anglin, and Frank Morris. For many years, all three were presumed to have succumbed to the rough waters of San Francisco Bay, but their escape has remained a mystery.

The Texas Crew Productions-made film will provide exclusive interviews with Ken and David Widner (pictured), nephews of John and Clarence Anglin, as they work alongside retired U.S. Marshall Art Roderick, who was formerly the lead investigator on the case.

The film will also shed new evidence on the cold-case through unreleased audio recordings, photographs and tight-lipped family secrets that allegedly prove the trio not only survived the dangerous escape, but may be alive to this day.

Eric Begley, David Karabinas and Brad Bernstein serve as executive producers for Texas Crew Productions, with Steven Ascher exec producing for History.

Alcatraz: Search for the Truth will premiere on October 12 at 9 p.m. EST/PST on History.

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Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.