Former Alcatraz guard George DeVincenzi working the cell door mechanism

Former Alcatraz Guard Shares His Story About Life on “The Rock”

Educational, Experience

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. NPR Correspondent Tom Wilmer met DeVincenzi at an Alcatraz Alumni Association reunion. Fittingly, they sat down for a visit in the old prison hospital, directly across the corridor from where DeVincenzi long ago played checkers with the infamous Bird Man of Alcatraz. Come along and join San Francisco native, George DeVincenzi, as he recalls his life on The Rock.

DeVincenzi NPR Broadcast