The Democratic candidate challenging Vicky Hartzler for her seat in the U.S. Congress is calling on Governor Jay Nixon to grant clemency to Jeff Mizanskey, the man serving a life sentence for non-violent marijuana offenses. Nate Irvin, 25, kicked off his support with a press conference Monday on th ... More >>
Efforts to free Jeff Mizanskey, Missouri's only prisoner serving life without parole for marijuana charges, are continuing with an online fundraiser that seeks to raise money for a media blitz that would aim to persuade Gov. Jay Nixon to grant clemency. The goal of the Indiegogo campaign is to rais ... More >>
John Winfield's only daughter was four years old when, in a jealous rage, he blinded her mother with a gunshot to the head. He shot and killed two other women on that September day in 1996. Eighteen years later, Symone Winfield is asking the governor commute her father's execution to life in priso ... More >>
Larry Flynt is trying to halt the execution of Joseph Franklin, the man who shot and paralyzed him in 1978. As represented by the American Civil Liberties Union of Missouri Foundation, the smut-peddler extraordinaire filed suit in federal court on Saturday to demand the unsealing of Franklin's exe ... More >>
Phineas, the dog who was accused of biting a seven-year-old girl, put on doggy death row, and then stolen from the shelter where he was imprisoned, has been found alive and well. Joe Simon, the attorney and advocate who has been handling the family's effort to save their beloved pet, wrote on his F ... More >>
Phineas, the Labrador retriever who bit a seven-year-old girl last year and has been on doggy death row since, has been stolen from the shelter where he was being held. His family believes he has been killed. Salem police chief Keith Steelman says there was no sign of forced entry at the shelter, b ... More >>
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Attorney General Chris Koster is calling on the Missouri State Supreme Court to set execution dates for two men on death row -- arguing that the state's supply of its lethal drug will soon expire, meaning further delays could prevent them from administering capital punishment altogether. The men i ... More >>
It was a different inmate -- with a screwdriver, argued Reginald Griffin. Today, the Missouri Supreme Court ruled that he deserves another trial.Twenty-five years after he was convicted of murdering a fellow inmate in a Missouri prison, Reginald Griffin has gotten a major reprieve from the Missou ... More >>
9 p.m. Tuesday, April 19. The Billiken Club, 20 North Grand Boulevard in the Busch Student Center at Saint Louis University.
Image ViaSandra WoodPerry Henderson, a convicted felon who refers to himself as "King Zeus," pleaded guilty yesterday to the tragic rape and murder of 73-year-old Sandra Wood this past December. Wood, a retired educator and active environmental and political volunteer, was alone in her Alton home ... More >>
Editor's note: Aspiring photojournalist and Gut Check contributor Kholood Eid is chronicling her Ramadan fast in diary form. Kholood EidEvery year my non-Muslim friends groan, "Not that again! Already?" Yes, it's here -- again. Ramadan. For 30 days Muslims around the world fast from just b ... More >>
My colleague Chad Garrison is all over the fallout from Monday's shootings downtown. The city is taking steps to strip three business of their liquor licenses -- essentially, a death sentence. Those businesses include one prominent restaurant, F15teen (1900 Locust Street, 314-588-8899), the steakhou ... More >>
8 p.m. Thursday, September 3. Off Broadway, 3509 Lemp Avenue.
The filthiest of the filthy showed up at Grand Center’s Sheldon Concert Hall Monday night for John Waters’ solo performance of This Filthy World. Sans props or audio aides, the minimalist monologue featured Waters onstage for just short of two hours, discussing everything from child contortio ... More >>
After Innocence probes life after a wrongful conviction
If Footmen Tire You (Alive)
George Allen claims police made him confess to rape and murder. Twenty years after Allen was convicted, his last hope hinges on a DNA test.
Kevin isn't the only thing Spacey in this overlong death-penalty drama
Terry Niehoff, one of the city's top criminal-defense lawyers, makes his money the old-fashioned way -- he earns it, one client at a time
The Executioner's Last Songs (Bloodshot)
Intrepid columnist gets a dose of that Hammertime religion
He deserves a taste of his own medicine in confirmation hearings
With this presidential debate, the highlights didn't come from Bush or Gore
Missouri Attorney General Jay Nixon speaks out against Benetton's "We, on Death Row" ad supplement featuring Missouri inmates; plus, other St. Louis follies and foibles
Senate candidate and Missouri Gov. Mel Carnahan may have commuted a death sentence, but St. Louis-area Catholics won't be letting him off the hook on the abortion issue
The city's finest join a boycott of supporters of Mumia Abu-Jamal
St. Louis scores failing grades on a report card of compliance with the U.N.'s Universal Declaration of Human Rights