February 20th, 2005


[history,quote] Roy Gardner

Roy Gardner AZ #110

On September 4, 1932, in the first group of prisoners transferred into Alcatraz from Leavenworth, a 50-year-old convict was brought forward for identification. In reviewing Roy Gardner's prior history, and being somewhat familiar with it from his days at San Quentin, Warden Johnston noted phrases like “hatred of authority… dangerous… aggressive… antagonistic attitude toward prison officers.” Trouble. Here stood the last of the great train robbers, a daring jewel thief and a slippery escape artist of incredible persistence.

From “Alcatraz Federal Penitentiary 1934-1963. History of The Island, Bios of Famous Prisoners, Escape Attempts” by James Fuller