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The Ghost of Alcatraz  "Bernard Paul Coy" by Manfred Belau

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A bank robber from Kentucky named Bernard Paul Coy, who was serving out a twenty-six-year sentence on The Rock for committing a hold-up, devised a forceful escape strategy with five accomplices. Coy had carefully studied the habits of various guards over a period of several months. Then on May 2, 1946, aided by accomplice Joseph Cretzer, Coy smeared axle grease over his chest, head, and extremities, and started climbing the West End Gun Gallery from the juncture at Times Square and Michigan Avenue.

manipulated with texture and layers.

inspired by:" The Battle of Alcatrez "


  • Manfred Belau
    Manfred Belaualmost 5 years ago

    please view larger!

  • Kelelina
    Kelelinaalmost 5 years ago

    Wow this is so kool … I like this … It tells a story within itself… Great work my friend! xx

  • Thank you Cheryl! :)

    – Manfred Belau

  • Anna Shaw
    Anna Shawalmost 5 years ago

    Love this – it gives a real feel of what life must have been like for the prisoners. Great story too. Excellent work.

  • :O Glad to see those XX and not the ZZ, lol. Thanks Anna! It was great fun to do the Ghost story and your tutorial really set it alive for me…thanks my friend! Sad to say it ends with this one :(

    – Manfred Belau

  • Russ Styles
    Russ Stylesalmost 5 years ago

    Excellent Manfred….love the textures and the processing…very gritty, moody image.

  • Thank you Russ! This was the last Ghost of Alcatraz image. Was fun to do! Funny thing is: I want to go back there and shoot some more…lol!

    – Manfred Belau

  • artisandelimage
    artisandelimagealmost 5 years ago

  • Cool, thanks!

    – Manfred Belau

  • whisperjo
    whisperjoalmost 5 years ago

    This is extremely well done! I love it! Congrats!

  • Thank you very much!

    – Manfred Belau

  • Greta  McLaughlin
    Greta McLaughlinalmost 5 years ago

    Very effective work Manfred! perfectly depicts the story in the comments and I will definately look it up. Thanks so much for sharing! ((-:

  • Cool, thank you!

    – Manfred Belau

  • garts
    gartsalmost 5 years ago

    Beautiful work Manfred.

  • Cool, thanks Adrian!

    – Manfred Belau

  • RicAlexander
    RicAlexanderalmost 5 years ago

    You have created a lot of atmosphere in this one my friend, I think this is stunning! Worth being proud of ! BRAVO!!!!!!

  • Thank you Ric! :)

    – Manfred Belau

  • Parabol
    Parabolalmost 5 years ago

    Really cool and eerie too, love the atmosphere you’ve created :)

  • Thanks Kieran! Heard about your bad luck with your camera and hope everything will work out for you!

    – Manfred Belau

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