History and Haunting of : Alcatraz Island,San Francisco Bay,San Francisco, California,U.S.A
Like so many things, the public perception of Alcatraz has been much distorted by film and TV over the years. Sure, it was a federal prison, and sure it was home to some of the 20th century’s most notorious criminals, Al Capone and George “Machine Gun” Kelly among them. But before all that the island was a Spanish “discovery”, a sacred American Indian ground, the site of the West Coast’s first lighthouse, a Civil War fortress and a military prison. Some stories even claim that certain Native American tribes believed the island to be inhabited by evil spirits, and as punishment for the breaking of tribal law, an individual could be sent to live amongst these spirits for a period of time, even life.
So with all respect for the brutalities that haunted the “Rock” during its 29 years as a federal penitentiary, be aware as you roam the storied halls just how much more has happened on this small island in the San Francisco Bay, and keep your imagination open.