OUT OF DARKNESS

Al Capone shared this view of San Francisco during his four-and-half-year incarceration on Alcatraz, though I doubt that he was as fascinated by it as I was on this stormy winter's morning.

"The Rock," as it was known, in the middle of San Francisco Bay, was chosen as the site for a penitentiary with the specific purpose of prohibiting communication with the outside world by those confined within its walls. It was in operation from 1934 to 1963.

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