June 1962 Alcatraz Escapees

Jason Smathers filed this request with the Federal Bureau of Investigation of the United States of America.

It is a clone of this request.

Tracking # 1318633-000
Status
Completed

Communications

From: Beryl Lipton

To Whom It May Concern:

This is a request under the Freedom of Information Act. I hereby request the following records:

All records on, about, mentioning or concerning Alfred Clarence Anglin (born May 11, 1931), John William Anglin (born May 2, 1930), Frank Lee Morris (born September 1, 1926), and/or Allen Clayton West (born March 25, 1929).

I also request that, if appropriate, fees be waived as I believe this request is in the public interest. The requested documents will be made available to the general public free of charge as part of the public information service at MuckRock.com, processed by a representative of the news media/press and is made in the process of news gathering and not for commercial usage.

In the event that fees cannot be waived, I would be grateful if you would inform me of the total charges in advance of fulfilling my request. I would prefer the request filled electronically, by e-mail attachment if available or CD-ROM if not.

Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation in this matter. I look forward to receiving your response to this request within 20 business days, as the statute requires.

Sincerely,

Beryl Lipton

From: Sobonya, David P.

DearThe FBI has received your Freedom of Information Act/Privacy (FOIPA) request. Before we can process your request you must complete and submit the U. S. Department of Justice (Certification of Identity) Form DOJ-361. Privacy Act requests (records about yourself); requires an original and legible signature, and the “penalty of perjury statement” which is included on the Form DOJ-361.

If you do not wish to use the Form DOJ-361, your request must be accompanied by a notarized signature or a statement signed under penalty of perjury stating that you are the person that you say you are. The statement should be above your signature and state, “I declare under penalty of perjury that the foregoing is true and correct. Executed on [date].”

The Form DOJ-361 is available at http://www.fbi.gov/ under the Freedom of Information Act/Privacy link, or http://www.fbi.gov/foia/. The form may be mailed or faxed to the FBI at the address/number below. A scanned copy is acceptable if sent by electronic means but the FBI does not accept electronic signatures. You may submit an attachment listing additional information that may aid in locating responsive records. Please place your name and contact information on the attachment.

If you are requesting a copy or wish to challenge your Identity History Summary Check which is often referred to as a criminal arrest record aka (Rap Sheet) or a Criminal Background Check, please contact the FBI’s Criminal Justice Information Services Division (CJIS) at (304) 625-2000 or write to: FBI, CJIS Division, Attention: Record Request, 1000 Custer Hollow Road, Clarksburg, WV 26306.

If you require additional assistance please contact me.

Thank you,

Dear Beryl Lipton,

Before the FBI is able to proceed with your Freedom of Information Act/Privacy (FOIPA) request pertaining to another individual(s), we require that you submit either proof of death or the U. S. Department of Justice CERTIFICATION OF IDENTITY (Authorization to Release Information to Another Person)-Form DOJ-361, from the subject(s) of your request. The form is available at http://www.fbi.gov<http://www.fbi.gov>/, by accessing the Freedom of Information Act/Privacy link or at http://www.fbi.gov/foia/<http://foia.fbi.gov> or http://www.justice.gov/oip/. Note-please provide the following information on the OPTIONAL: Authorization to Release Information to Another Person line: Your name, title/business (if applicable) and a complete and current mailing address.

Acceptable forms of proof of death include; obituaries, death certificates, recognized sources that can be documented, written media, Who’s Who in America, FBI file that indicates person is deceased or the Social Security Death Index. A waiver or proof of death is not required if date of birth is 100 years ago or greater. Note-a web link in itself does not satisfy proof of death.

Without proof of death or the privacy release, the disclosure of third-party information contained in law enforcement records, should they exist, is considered both a clearly unwarranted invasion of privacy pursuant to Exemption (b)(6), U. S. C. § 552, and an unwarranted invasion of personal privacy, pursuant to Exemption (b)(7)(C), 5 U.S.C. § 552.

The information may be mailed to the address below or faxed to: (540) 868-4391/4997. A scanned copy is acceptable if sent by electronic means but the FBI does not accept electronic signatures.

If you require additional assistance please contact me.

Thank you,

David P. Sobonya
Public Information Officer/GIS
Record/Information Dissemination Section (RIDS)
FBI-Records Management Division
170 Marcel Drive, Winchester, VA 22602-4843
PIO: (540) 868-4593
Direct: (540) 868-4286
Fax: (540) 868-4391/4997

From: McGuinn, Lauren S.

Dear Mr. Lipton,

Before the FBI is able to proceed with your Freedom of Information Act/Privacy (FOIPA) request pertaining to another individual(s), we require that you submit either proof of death or the U. S. Department of Justice CERTIFICATION OF IDENTITY (Authorization to Release Information to Another Person)-Form DOJ-361, from the subject(s) of your request. The form is available at http://www.fbi.gov<http://www.fbi.gov>/, by accessing the Freedom of Information Act/Privacy link or at http://www.fbi.gov/foia/<http://foia.fbi.gov> or http://www.justice.gov/oip/. Note-please provide the following information on the OPTIONAL: Authorization to Release Information to Another Person line: Your name, title/business (if applicable) and a complete and current mailing address.

Acceptable forms of proof of death include; obituaries, death certificates, recognized sources that can be documented, written media, Who’s Who in America, FBI file that indicates person is deceased or the Social Security Death Index. A waiver or proof of death is not required if date of birth is 100 years ago or greater. Note-a web link in itself does not satisfy proof of death.

Without proof of death or the privacy release, the disclosure of third-party information contained in law enforcement records, should they exist, is considered both a clearly unwarranted invasion of privacy pursuant to Exemption (b)(6), U. S. C. § 552, and an unwarranted invasion of personal privacy, pursuant to Exemption (b)(7)(C), 5 U.S.C. § 552.

The information may be mailed to the address below or faxed to: (540) 868-4391/4997. A scanned copy is acceptable if sent by electronic means but the FBI does not accept electronic signatures.

If you require additional assistance please contact me

Thank you,

Lauren McGuinn
Public Information Officer/GIS
Record/Information Dissemination Section (RIDS)
FBI-Records Management Division
170 Marcel Drive, Winchester, VA 22602-4843
PIO: (540) 868-4593
Direct: (540) 868-4286
Fax: (540) 868-4391/4997
E-mail: foiparequest@ic.fbi.gov<mailto:foiparequest@ic.fbi.gov>

Do you have further questions about the FOI/PA process? Visit us at http://www.fbi.gov/foia

Did you get an email stating we need a DOJ361 to perfect your request?
Just fill this out and email it back to us!
*Please make sure you sign the form*
U.S. Department of Justice Form 361, Certification
—of Identity<http://www.fbi.gov/foia/u.s.-department-of-justice-form-361-certification-of-identity> (pdf)

From: Jason Smathers

These four people are infamous for their attempted escape from Alcatraz. All four are presumed dead and because their deaths are commonly known, no proof is required.

West died while in federal custody on December 21, 1978, at the age of 49. The FBI concluded in their own investigation of the escape that Morris and the Anglin brothers drowned in the escape attempt. Therefore, the death of these individuals is well known to both the public and to the FBI and proof of death is not required.

Please proceed with processing this request.

From: McGuinn, Lauren S.

Dear Mr. Lipton,

I was able to locate this for you on our vault, http://vault.fbi.gov/Alcatraz%20Escape
Please let me know if you need anything further.

Thank you,

Lauren McGuinn
Public Information Officer/GIS
Record/Information Dissemination Section (RIDS)
FBI-Records Management Division
170 Marcel Drive, Winchester, VA 22602-4843
PIO: (540) 868-4593
Direct: (540) 868-4286
Fax: (540) 868-4391/4997
E-mail: foiparequest@ic.fbi.gov<mailto:foiparequest@ic.fbi.gov>

Do you have further questions about the FOI/PA process? Visit us at http://www.fbi.gov/foia

Did you get an email stating we need a DOJ361 to perfect your request?
Just fill this out and email it back to us!
*Please make sure you sign the form*
U.S. Department of Justice Form 361, Certification
—of Identity<http://www.fbi.gov/foia/u.s.-department-of-justice-form-361-certification-of-identity> (pdf)

From: Jason Smathers

Please conduct a search for records on the individual persons related or unrelated to the escape. You may exclude records currently on the vault website. Thank you.

From: Federal Bureau of Investigation - FBI

An interim response, stating the request is being processed.

From: Federal Bureau of Investigation - FBI

An interim response, stating the request is being processed.

From: Federal Bureau of Investigation - FBI

A letter stating the requester must agree to or prepay assessed or estimated fees in order for the agency to continue processing the request.

From: Federal Bureau of Investigation - FBI

An interim response, stating the request is being processed.

From: MuckRock.com

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on Dec. 22, 2014. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #1318655-000.

Thank you for your help.

From: Mcguinn, Lauren S. (RMD) (FBI)

Dear Mr. Lipton,

Looking at the case notes of this request, it appears a search fees letter was mailed to your attention on 1/13/15 requesting a payment for $25.00 for search fees.
Please confirm that you received this letter. Payment for this request is due tomorrow 2/13/15. If no payment is received, your case will be administratively closed.
If you are willing to pay these fees, you can do so at www.pay.gov<http://www.pay.gov>. Feel free to let me know that you’ve submitted payment and the confirmation number you receive and I can let the analyst know.
Finally, please also indicate if you wish for the FBI to continue searching for this request.

Thank you,

Lauren McGuinn
Public Information Officer/GIS
Record/Information Dissemination Section (RIDS)
FBI-Records Management Division
170 Marcel Drive, Winchester, VA 22602-4843
PIO: (540) 868-4593
Direct: (540) 868-4286
Fax: (540) 868-4391/4997
E-mail: foiparequest@ic.fbi.gov<mailto:foiparequest@ic.fbi.gov>

From: Jason Smathers

In my initial request, I asked for a fee waiver and said "In the event that fees cannot be waived, I would be grateful if you would inform me of the total charges in advance of fulfilling my request." It seems that you have split my initial request into multiple requests and assessed each request $25 in search fees. Since I did not agree to these search fees, please release all records that were obtained within the first two hours of each request. Thank you.

From: Mcguinn, Lauren S. (RMD) (FBI)

Mr. Lipton,

I will let the analyst know that you do not agree to the search fees.

Thank you,

Lauren McGuinn
Public Information Officer/GIS
Record/Information Dissemination Section (RIDS)
FBI-Records Management Division
170 Marcel Drive, Winchester, VA 22602-4843
PIO: (540) 868-4593
Direct: (540) 868-4286
Fax: (540) 868-4391/4997
E-mail: foiparequest@ic.fbi.gov<mailto:foiparequest@ic.fbi.gov>

Do you have further questions about the FOI/PA process? Visit us at http://www.fbi.gov/foia

Did you get an email stating we need a DOJ361 to perfect your request?
Just fill this out and email it back to us!
*Please make sure you sign the form by hand - at this time electronic signatures are not accepted by the FBI*
U.S. Department of Justice Form 361, Certification
—of Identity<http://www.fbi.gov/foia/u.s.-department-of-justice-form-361-certification-of-identity> (pdf)

From: Jason Smathers

Hello Ms. McGuinn,

This request was made by Jason Smathers. Any other requesters associated with this request are inappropriately assigned.

Thank you.

From: MuckRock

Ms. McGuinn,

The source of the confusion has been realized. Any future correspondence for this request should be addressed to Mr. Smathers.

Thank you.

From: Mcguinn, Lauren S. (RMD) (FBI)

Mr. Smathers,

I will let the analyst know.

Thank you,

Lauren McGuinn
Public Information Officer/GIS
Record/Information Dissemination Section (RIDS)
FBI-Records Management Division
170 Marcel Drive, Winchester, VA 22602-4843
PIO: (540) 868-4593
Direct: (540) 868-4286
Fax: (540) 868-4391/4997
E-mail: foiparequest@ic.fbi.gov<mailto:foiparequest@ic.fbi.gov>

Do you have further questions about the FOI/PA process? Visit us at http://www.fbi.gov/foia

Did you get an email stating we need a DOJ361 to perfect your request?
Just fill this out and email it back to us!
*Please make sure you sign the form by hand - at this time electronic signatures are not accepted by the FBI*
U.S. Department of Justice Form 361, Certification
—of Identity<http://www.fbi.gov/foia/u.s.-department-of-justice-form-361-certification-of-identity> (pdf)

From: Federal Bureau of Investigation - FBI

An interim response, stating the request is being processed.

From: Federal Bureau of Investigation - FBI

A letter stating the request for reduced or waived fees has been rejected.

From: Federal Bureau of Investigation - FBI

A letter stating the requester must agree to or prepay assessed or estimated fees in order for the agency to continue processing the request.

From: MuckRock.com

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on Dec. 22, 2014. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #1318659.

Thank you for your help.

From: MuckRock.com

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on Dec. 22, 2014. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #1318659.

Thank you for your help.

From: Mcguinn, Lauren S. (RMD) (FBI)

Dear Mr. Smathers,

This request was closed on 3-30-2015, due to lack of response to the cost letter mailed to your attention 2-24-2015.

Thank you,

Lauren McGuinn
Public Liaison/GIS
Record/Information Dissemination Section (RIDS)
FBI-Records Management Division
170 Marcel Drive, Winchester, VA 22602-4843
PIO: (540) 868-4593
Direct: (540) 868-4286
Fax: (540) 868-4391/4997
E-mail: foiparequest@ic.fbi.gov<mailto:foiparequest@ic.fbi.gov>

Do you have further questions about the FOI/PA process? Visit us at http://www.fbi.gov/foia

Did you get an email stating we need a DOJ361 to perfect your request?
Just fill this out and email it back to us!
*Please make sure you sign the form by hand - at this time electronic signatures are not accepted by the FBI*
U.S. Department of Justice Form 361, Certification
—of Identity<http://www.fbi.gov/foia/u.s.-department-of-justice-form-361-certification-of-identity> (pdf)

From: Federal Bureau of Investigation

A copy of documents responsive to the request.

From: Federal Bureau of Investigation

A cover letter granting the request and outlining any exempted materials, if any.

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