They were the worst of the worst, the toughest of the tough. Men like Al “Scarface” Capone, George “Machine Gun” Kelly, Alvin “Creepy” Karpis, and “The Birdman” Robert Stroud. Kidnappers, bank robbers, and murderers, they all called “The Rock” home.
Now in an incredible first, the world’s foremost producer of Alcatraz documentaries presents the story of its incredible transformation from a rock in the middle of San Francisco Bay to an overwhelming maximum security prison.
We’ll uncover the design, construction, and legend of The Rock. Built with impenetrable walls, unbendable bars, and surrounded by deadly, freezing ocean currents, it was supposedly escape proof. But throughout its fifty-year history dozens of inmates were determined to beat this Mega Structure.
In Alcatraz: Challenging The Rock we’ll discover the stories of Alcatraz’s thirteen documented escapes. We’ll relive the incredible Battle of 46. We’ll find out how inmates took hostages and took control of the cellhouse. Only brave guards and military mortars returned order to the chaos. We’ll also uncover “The Birdman” Robert Stroud’s little known act of heroism, saving a trapped and desperate inmate.
And we’ll uncover the incredible Great Escape. Made famous by Clint Eastwood’s celebrated Escape From Alcatraz, we’ll see how three courageous inmates broke through walls, scaled the cellhouse, and used homemade life rafts to float to freedom or perhaps to their deaths.