Even if they're crooks of long ago...Darwin Coon one time bank robber and resident of Alcatraz; his number was 1422 and he was there 1959 - 1963 (I took this photo in 2005)
Darwin Coon, 69, a gentle-looking former bank robber in khakis and a brown jacket, his number was 1422 and he was there 1959 - 1963. He told a chilling story of how he had been locked up for 29 days in isolation, a single cell with no light. He went there for carrying a knife. Somebody else out to get him also had a knife, and he thought he might be killed. "It was pitch black," he said. "All I had on was a pair of boxer shorts. You were cold to the bone, no way to get warm. "I prayed a lot," he said. "You got no one to talk to, but the Lord is always there. And he's available. So I talked to him. "I learned my lesson," he said, "Absolutely." Coon, now a retired property manager in Sacramento, posed for pictures with tourists, standing next to a barred window. They thought he was great; he didn't look like a crook at all.