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June 1962 Alcatraz escape attempt: Escape from Alcatraz

sculpting dummy

Friday Jun 1, 1962
Alcatraz, San Francisco, USA

The men concealed their absence while working outside their cells and after the escape itself by sculpting dummy heads from a home-made paper-mâché-like mixture of soap, toothpaste, concrete dust, and toilet paper, and giving them a realistic appearance with paint from the maintenance shop and hair from the barbershop floor. With towels and clothing piled under the blankets in their bunks and the dummy heads positioned on the pillows, they appeared to be sleeping.