SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- During night tours on Alcatraz Island in San Francisco Bay people move like shadows through the former prison's lantern-lit hospital rooms, the light blue paint peeling off dingy walls.
Wind whooshes and rattles windows in the hospital room where Robert Stroud, "The Birdman of Alcatraz," spent 11 of his 17 years when the former federal penitentiary was the dankest, hardest prison in the U.S.
Yet, most of the more than 1 million tourists who visit the famous former prison during the day never experience The Rock at night or get access to its spooky hospital -- experiences unique to the night tour.
The night tour offers more stories of escape, more access to the former prison's grounds and a chance to understand what spending a night there was like.
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