OVERLAND PARK, KS (August 5, 2013) – Growing up on Alcatraz Island, Tallgrass Creek retirement community resident Darlyne Sheppeard had a far from typical childhood. She took a boat to school and lived a stone’s throw away from hundreds of the country’s most notorious criminals. During Sheppeard’s time there, the maximum security island prison hosted the infamous likes of inmates Al Capone and “Machine Gun” Kelly.
On Tuesday, August 6, Sheppeard, whose father was a warden at Alcatraz, is headed back to Alcatraz for a reunion of former inmates, guards and residents of the prison.
“Usually a handful of inmates come and they are by far, obviously, the most popular, and that’s fine by me,” Sheppeard said.
Surrounded by concrete walls and barbed wire fences, the boat to the mainland was a connection to the real world of San Francisco to the 30-odd children who lived on the island, the sons and daughters of Alcatraz guards.