Born Geek Photography


Photo # 42 of 71

Note where the bars curve over to meet the wall on the third-floor gun gallery. This is where Bernard Coy entered the gun gallery using the bar spreader in the previous photo (he had starved himself to squeeze through the bars). Once in the gallery, he overpowered a guard starting what became the Battle of Alcatraz. He had noted a weakness in the bars at this location, and climbed up to this position after overpowering a guard on the ground floor with another inmate's help.