|Death: ||Sep. 14, 1932|
Convict Loses Life in Escape Attempt
Folsom Prisn, Sept. 15 - Failure of an ingenious homemade diving suit to function during his attempt to escape from prison, today had cost the life of Carl F. Reese, 30, sentenced from Santa Clara county in 1930 for robbery. Reese was missed at lockup time last night. Shortly afterward guards discovered a hole in the fence alongside the prison canal, and further investigation disclosed Reese's body encased in the diving suit in 15 feet of water. The diving suit which failed to work, according to Warden Court Smith, had a hose attached to a wooden float on top of the water with one end leading to a helmet constructed from an airtight rubber bag. The helmet contained a "window" for vision and a valve to permit egress of air. The valve failed to function, Warden Smith believes, and the water poured in. Reese, who had tied weights about his ankles, was so heavily weighted down he was unable to reach the top, and was drowned.
~ The Bakersfield Californian, Thurs., 15 Sep 1932, pg. 13
Prisoner's Diving Suit Fails; Felon Drowns in Canal
Folsom Prison, Sept. 15 - (U.P.) - Failure of an ingenious prison-made diving suit to function during his attempt to escape from prison today had cost the life of Carl Reese, 30, sentenced from San Jose in 1930 for robbery of the California theater there. Reese was missed at lockup time. Shortly afterwards guards discovered a hole in the fence alongside the prison canal and further investigation disclosed Reese's body encased in the diving suit in 15 feet of water.
~ The Santa Cruz Evening News, 15 Sept 1932, pg. 1
Drowned while attempting to escape the prison in the fall of 1932 and was buried in the prison cemetery. (Santa Cruz Sentinel, 21 Jan 1997, pg. A16]
Folsom Prison Cemetery
Created by: Linda Applegate Brown
Record added: Jul 01, 2012
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