Alcatraz - America's Most famous prison


Alcatraz, often called the Rock, is America's most famous prison. It lies in San Francisco Bay and dates backto the 1400s. Many famous inmates were kept there, including famous gangster Al Capone. But there have always been mysterious signs that Alcatraz was a haunted island . The prison was closed in 1963.







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