Background: ALCATRAZ July 1, 1934- The U.S. Penitentiary, Alcatraz, formally opened with James A. Johnston, a retired California state prison official, as its first warden. At its inception, Alcatraz employed 52 full-time correctional officers, the most of any prison in the system. One of the prison's most notorious inmates arrived on Alcatraz shortly after the island began operations as a federal prison. On August 22, 1934, Al Capone, along with 52 other inmates, was transferred to the island, under heavy security, from a prison in Atlanta, Georgia. Despite Capone's notoriety, his stay on Alcatraz was surprisingly uneventful. stayed til 1938 arrived under tight security on September 4, 1934. From the moment George "Machine Gun" Kelly arrived on Alcatraz, his attitude was a problem. He was a tough man to crack, however, it is said that an encounter with a guard during his first days of incarceration changed all that. An anonymous guard was walking down "Broadway", as the isle between "B" and "C" blocks was referred to, and was stopped by Kelly who noticed the guard eating a salami sandwich. Kelly reportedly commented on the fact that in his glory days, he used to eat thick steaks every day and have a gorgeous woman on each arm. Without missing a beat, the guard spoke of his impending date with a beautiful woman that very night. He went on to brag about going to eat at a fine Italian restaurant, followed by a night on the town. He finished his story by adding, "I'm not rich and I'm not a big man, but I sure as hell won't be here tonight." From that point on, it is said, Kelly was a model prisoner, no longer holding onto his pretentious attitude. He got along well with his fellow inmates and had few disciplinary problems. When Alcatraz was closed, Kelly was transferred to Leavenworth prison, where he later died of a heart attack. http://pw1.netcom.com/~nely/Alcatraz.html At 6 a.m. June 12, 1962, prison officials discovered that John William Anglin, his brother, Clarence Anglin, and Frank Lee Morris -- all considered dangerous criminals with long records -- had successfully escaped. Despite an immediate "all out investigation" by the FBI, the three have never been found. average stay was 8 years. http://www.apbonline.com/media/gfiles/alcatraz/nav_frame.html The last recorded attempt by a military prisoner was that of Jack Allen. Allen greased his body and plunged into the bay in June, 1930. He, like Roe and Cole and many others was never seen again and became a myth of possibilities. The first escape attempt from Alcatraz occurred on April 27, 1936. The following year, two more men attempted escape from the island. Six months later, three more men made a daring dash for freedom that resulted in the first correctional officer death. prison authorities mounted a massive search when the two didn't turn up for the 1:30 pm count. http://www.alsirat.com/alcatraz/escapes.html BODEGA Sonoma County. One of the settlers was Captain Stephen Smith who married a Peruvian, Manuela Torres, and became a Mexican citizen in order to receive a land grant. Together they established Rancho Bodega bordered by the Russian River to the north and Estero Americano to the south, a large portion of the Bodega Bay Area. Firman Camelot founded the town of "Bay" in the late 1800s, which later changed its name to Bodega Bay. The tiny town of Bodega shares the mysterious source of its name with Bodega Bay. Here Captain Smith built the first steam-powered saw mill in California with parts he brought by ship. Bodega suited him well with its abundant source of wood and nearby bay for shipping. The town grew to its largest size around the turn of the century then diminished to its current population of under 100.