Photographs by Mont Clare
Back when we were hanging out in San Francisco we spent a day at Alcatraz. Although we're not really into touristy destinations, this was the one place that I knew couldn't be missed. I listened to a bunch of podcasts about the history of Alcatraz (perhaps a little obsessively) last year which fuelled my desire to visit the spooky island.
We listened to an audio tour which guided us through the prison and shared some general history, as well as background on famous inmates, escape attempts and some pretty graphic murder stories. As we strolled through cells where murders had taken place and stood in the dank, musty solitary confinement cells, I must admit I had a pretty bad case of the willies. It was so eerie walking the same floors as Al Capone, George 'Machine Gun' Kelly' and Robert 'The Birdman' Stroud.
The prison was shut down in 1963, however it has been pretty well maintained and the wind whistling through the huge windows breathed a spooky kind of life into the place. I left the island feeling pretty grim, it was an experience I shan't be forgetting anytime soon.