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News, Feature Rock Sweet Rock: A Children's History of Alcatraz

Rock Sweet Rock: A Children's History of Alcatraz

Photo illustration by Audrey Fukuman On Dec. 22, 1946, Samuel Shockley and Miran "Blackie" Thompson, two of the six prisoners involved in the infamous Battle of Alcatraz — which left two men dead and 13 injured — were sentenced…
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June Book Events: Ayelet Waldman, Barry Gifford, Alice Waters, and more

Tuesday, June 9 For Alcatraz: The Gangster Years (UC Press, $35), author David Ward (with Gene Kassebaum) combed countless FBI files and conducted interviews with former convicts to document that special swath of history — 1934 to 1948 — during…
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News, Bay View Record Caper

Record Caper

Al Capone has returned to the Bay Area. That's to say, an approximately 8-inch thick stack of files on Alcatraz prisoner No. 85, Alfonse Capone, long sought after by historians and authors, has arrived at the National Archives and Records…
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