A look back at Alcatraz

Black smoke rises from a smoke stack of the facilities at Alcatraz island, also known as "The Rock," in the San Francisco Bay, Calif., on October 12, 1933. The island, which has a long history as a military prison, was chosen by the U.S. attorney general to become the new federal penitentiary for dangerous criminals. Seen in the background are the hills of Angel Island. (AP Photo)

March 21, 2013 4:15 pm  • 

About this blog

"Tales from the Morgue" is a way for the Star to share stories from the treasure trove of information held in its old files.

Johanna Eubank, aka the Morgue Lady, was a research assistant in the Star Library — also known as News and Research Services — for 18 years before becoming an online content producer. She has had her share of sneezing fits after digging into dusty old files, so she's sure to find a few old stories to re-examine.

If you have suggestions, comments or questions about this blog, e-mail jeubank@tucson.com

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