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LEE COUNTY, GA (WALB) -

A Lee County family is corresponding with mobster James "Whitey" Bulger, who is now on trial for 19 murders.

It's part of their research for a book about the believed only successful escape from Alcatraz.

David Widener is co-authoring the book about how his two uncles got out of the prison 50-years ago.

Federal authorities think Clarence and John Anglin drowned,  but the family says the book will prove that's not true.

Whitey Bulger was also in Alcatraz at the time and has discussed the night of the escape in letters with Marie Widener.

David Widener reading from Whitey Bulger's letter said "John and Clarence they left it all behind at 9:30 PM the night before it was discovered. It was a long night for the friends, hoping some, and praying others, that their success and no siren."

 Marie Widener said "He talked about how good they were. They never tried to get in any fights. They never gave anybody any trouble. They were just laid back types. He speaks real well of the Anglin family, Whitey does. And I appreciate that."

Bulger was on the run for 16 years until he was recaptured last year.

Marie Widener writes him often.

The book entitled, "Alcatraz Escape, the untold story of the greatest prison escape in American history", is scheduled to be released later this year.

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