Alcatraz – The Rock – Devil’s Island: There are many names for the famous prison island. It opened in 1934 as a maximum security prison. Many stories and myths entwine around the island. Inhumane detention conditions, prohibition of speech, “The hole”, escape attempts, heavy boys, insanity, and suicides.
“It stinks murderous down there. It’s like getting into a sewage pipe. You have no shoes, no bed, no mattress. Nothing but four damn walls and two blankets. Once a day you get four slices of bread. “- Henry Young
After the closure in 1963 Alcatraz was made by the government a monument and destination; but still, he can be felt in all corners, the spirit of “The Rock”.