John, Clarence and Alfred Anglin were siblings in a large family of 14 children growing up in a rural community of Ruskin, Florida. All the kids worked in the family farming trade and were expected to contribute in their off hours from school. From a young age, the brothers committed petty crimes to buy nicer clothes than what would be provided from their meager farming income.
They were a proud and close family, and as there were no other immediate income opportunities, this ultimately led to small-time burglaries which over time became more and more serious. The three brothers remained close and just as they had become skilled in their criminal trade, they had also become adept at escaping from nearly every state prison that they had been confined to. Their early criminal escapades would be the prelude to their ultimate destination – ALCATRAZ FEDERAL PRISON.