ALCATRAZ PODCAST: Diego’s Soul Patch 1.11 Webb Porter — Summary


In this special podcast, Jorge and Beth are joined by fellow podcasters Brad and John from Podcatraz. The quartet discuss the latest episode, including what we learn about Hauser, Webb Porter being the creepiest inmate yet, and the significance (or not) of the number 47. As usual, there’s some more insight from Michael Esslinger on the real Alcatraz, including how segregation was dealt with at the time.

Discussed in this instalment:


  • “Special podcast summit” recorded with Podcatraz’s Brad and John
  • Presented from four locations – Hawaii, California, New York and Texas.
  • Jorge’s upcoming project with Bryan Cranston (possibly going to be called Get a Job).


Episode Analysis

  • Webb Porter being the creepiest inmate yet, do we know if you can play a violin with human hair? Yes it is possible.
  • One thing that didn’t make the edit was Porter moaning in his cell because of his ear problem, before he was taken away from the rest of the inmate population.
  • What’s the deal with the Asian herbalist? Appears Hauser has an exotic history.
  • Soto didn’t know it was Webb Porter at first because it was said he butchered his mum, not drowned. The drowning and hair cutting wasn’t part of his original M.O.
  • The keyboard on the Bat Cave computer isn’t real, the computer screens are green screens.
  • The belly of Alcatraz set was tweaked after shooting finished to turn it into the interior of another place.
  • The issue of Nicky being a plant comes up again, observation that she seems to flirt with everybody. There’s a version of the scene where Rebecca was the flirty one with the bartender.
  • “It’s like I’m living someone else’s life now” – John thinks that Rebecca is a 63 and doesn’t know it. She was privy to something, so they took some stuff out of her brain, then put some stuff back in, and Nicky was put there to keep an eye on Rebecca.
  • Rebecca seems to twig that Hauser might not be sending them to a prison.
  • Beauregard’s webcam scene, his line that suggests he hasn’t been outside for a long time – “certain as the sky is blue, not that I’ve seen it for sometime”.
  • Seemed like Webb Porter was living with the women when he took them prisoner, more likely that he stayed with them after they were tied up.
  • E.B. Tiller jamming to the jazz music, the word “sandbagger” means someone who pretends to be bad at something but is actually quite good, like a hustler.
  • The landlord says that Porter had been there for months, he didn’t just show up. Was he killing people all that time and no-one noticed?
  • Seems like Porter has been programmed because he’s not committing the same crime that he did before, more like Clarence Montgomery.
  • Episode suggests that the prisoners are coming back at different times. Jorge suggests that in Season 2 they’ll start coming back in different places.
  • Music school set, the posters with the composers on had the dates mixed up, not clear whether this is a clue or just a mistake.
  • When Porter is put back in his cell we see a few familiar faces. We don’t see Kit Nelson in Newcatraz, we’re not sure if he’s dead or alive.
  • The moment when Soto and Rebecca realise Lucy is a 63, her line that she could be the key to everything was a little on the nose, didn’t need the explanation.
  • When Porter is stringing the hair he has 47 written on his right hand, not the first time the number has appeared – Ernest Cobb was inmate number 2047, “47 slats in the picket fence”, number of Silver on the periodic table. Jorge advises listeners not to put too much value on it. He suggests that the creators tease the viewers by placing numbers everywhere. Draws comparison to LOST which was numbers heavy.
  • Beauregard calls Porter 2012, Hauser holds worry beads again at the end.
  • Probably won’t hear if there’s going to be another season until May.
  • Jorge compares the first season the Star Trek movie, the team has now been set up and the formula established, sets up season two for more exciting stuff
  • The scene with Young Hauser and Lucy was shot on a dock in Vancouver.

Michael Esslinger – Alcatraz Expert

  • Clothing IDs – The IDs were attached to all clothing articles, not only for identification but were used to match clothes up in the laundry as well.

  • Were the inmates segregated in the mess hall? Yes, but by 1960 the rules were relaxed.

  • The scenes of the isolation unit, in the real D block the cells face the bay window and there were no other cells across the corridor. In the interior cell shots the other cells are visible.

Jorge Garcia blogs and other info

Further Dispatches

Diego’s Soul Patch

Listener emails to

Twitter: @bethanyshady

Michael Esslinger’s books –

Alcatraz: A Definitive History of the Penitentiary Years

Letters from Alcatraz

The Podcatraz Podcast –

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