The Duke was crowned and the boys were never seen again with many believing them to have been murdered. Now, the Tower of London is perhaps most famous for its prisoners, but the first recorded prisoner doesn’t appear until 1101, and he effected a daring escape. Ranulf Flambard was the chief tax collector for King William Rufus, but he was not a popular figure. When William died, his brother, King Henry, had Ranulf imprisoned in the White Tower. By feeding his guards enough wine to make them sleep, he was able to climb out of the tower with the help of a smuggled rope and ride to safety.