2 December 1948 – Sam Shockley

Sam Shockley

Sam Shockley

Sam Shockley was gassed at the infamous San Quentin for murder and for aiding and abetting a prison break.

He was originally jailed for life as a result of robbery and kidnap. However he was classed as unstable and transferred from Leavenworth to Alcatraz where he tried to escape twice.

Shockley played a key part in the Battle of Alcatraz, which failed descending into a bloody shoot-out, which lasted two days and killed five men. He pleaded insanity to no avail and was ultimately sent to the gas chamber aged 38.

Also on this day

2 December 2005 – Shawn Paul Humphries
2 December 2005 – Kenneth Boyd
2 December 1859 – John Brown

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4 Responses to “2 December 1948 – Sam Shockley”

  1. […] 2 December 1948 – Sam ShockleySam Shockley was gassed at the infamous San Quentin for murder and for aiding and abetting a prison break. […]

  2. Sara Says:

    This man is supposed to be some distant relative of mine… wow! My grandmothers maiden name is Shockley and she remembers hearing stories of Sam but never met him he was sent to prision when she was a lil girl!

  3. Sam Shockley was executed alongside fellow Alcatraz inmate Miran Thompson, both were involved in the 1946 attempted escape and “battle” on Alcatraz. A third inmate, Clarence Carnes, aged 19, was spared the death penalty and was given additional prison time. He was paroled in 1973.

  4. Daryl Lincoln Says:

    i also am some what related to sam shockley, my aunt ruth tunnel was sam’s sister, i watched the movie and found out he was ruth’s brother so i asked her about him, she did not belive that he was that bad, there was not much age diff between them, she did admitt that he was indead executed,

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