This was in the library. In case you can't read it, it says, "... these men read more serious literature than does the ordinary person in the community. Philosophers such as Kant, Scheponhauer, Hegal, etc., are especially popular..."
George "Machine Gun" Kelly arrived on September 4, 1934. At Alcatraz, Kelly was constantly boasting about several robberies and murders that he had never committed. Although this was said to be an apparent point of frustration for several fellow prisoners, Warden Johnson considered him a model inmate. Kelly was returned to Leavenworth in 1951 .
Alphonse Gabriel Capone Born January 17 , 1899 (1899-01-17) Brooklyn , New York Died January 25 , 1947 (aged 48) Palm Island, Florida , U.S. ( Miami Beach, Florida ) Penalty Imprisonment from 1932 to 1939 Status deceased Occupation gangster bootlegger Spouse Mae Josephine Coughlin Children Albert Francis Capone
When Al Capone arrived on Alcatraz in 1934, prison officials made it clear that he would not be receiving any preferential treatment. While serving his time in Atlanta, Capone, a master manipulator, had continued running his rackets from behind bars by buying off guards. "Big Al" generated incredible media attention while on Alcatraz though he served just four and a half years of his sentence there before developing symptoms of syphilis and being transferred to the Federal Correctional Institution at Terminal Island in Los Angeles .
James Joseph " Whitey " Bulger, Jr. spent 3 years on Alcatraz (1959-1962) while serving a sentence for bank robbery. While there, he became close to Clarence Carnes , also known as the Choctaw Kid. Born September 3 , 1929 (1929-09-03) (age 78) Dorchester, Massachusetts , U.S.A. Alias(es) Thomas F. Baxter, Tom Harris, Mark Shapeton, Thomas Marshall, Jimmy Bulger, Whitey Bulger Status Alive , wanted by FBI Occupation Criminal Spouse Teresa Stanley Parents James Joseph Bulger Sr., Jane Veronica Bulger
By decision of US Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy , the penitentiary was closed for good on March 21 , 1963 . It was closed because it was far more expensive to operate than other prisons (nearly $10 per prisoner per day, as opposed to $3 per prisoner per day at Atlanta), half a century of salt water saturation had severely eroded the buildings, and the bay was being badly polluted by the sewage from the approximately 250 inmates and 60 Bureau of Prisons families on the island. The United States Penitentiary in Marion, Illinois , a new, traditional land-bound prison opened that same year to serve as a replacement for Alcatraz .