Hidden history found beneath Alcatraz: America’s most notorious prison

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Perched on a rocky outcrop in the middle of San Francisco Bay, from the 1930s to the 1960s the Alcatraz Federal Penitentiary was reserved for the “worst of the worst”.

A who’s who of the criminal underworld were put there: George “Machine Gun” Kelly, Mickey Cohen and Al Capone all spent time locked up in the tiny cells.

Today, the “escape-proof” jail is a much more accessible place: more than a million tourists visit each year.

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But scientists say there’s much more to “the Rock” than crime and punishment, and they have come to Alcatraz to investigate the hidden history that lies beneath the prison walls.

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