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Murder on Alcatraz--former guard's recollections

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Tom Wilmer
Alcatraz Island, San Francisco

Retired Alcatraz Federal Penitentiary guard, George DeVincenzi served on “The Rock” from 1950 to 1958, departing just five years before the infamous island prison closed forever in 1963.

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Tom Wilmer
Former Alcatraz prison guard, George DeVincenzi at 2015 reunion.

As a Best-of-the-Best Journeys of Discovery podcast we re-share DeVincenzi’s poignant recollections of his time on the Rock, recorded on Alcatraz at a reunion of former guards and prisoners, recorded in 2015.

Join correspondent, Tom Wilmer and DeVincenzi in the old prison hospital, directly across the corridor from where DeVincenzi long ago played checkers with the infamous Bird Man of Alcatraz.

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Tom Wilmer produces on-air content for Issues & Ideas airing over KCBX and is producer and host of the six-time Lowell Thomas award-winning NPR podcast Journeys of Discovery with Tom Wilmer. Recorded live on-location across America and around the world, the podcasts feature the arts, culture, music, nature, history, science, wine & spirits, brewpubs, and the culinary arts--everything from baseball to exploring South Pacific atolls to interviewing the real Santa Claus in the Arctic.
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