Jeff Mizanskey wants you to write the governor. The only person in Missouri to be serving a life without parole sentence for nonviolent, marijuana-only charges, Mizanskey says he is overwhelmed by all the attention his case has received over the past year, which included nationwide coverage and a ... 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 >>
Missouri's affair with the death penalty has become a monthly ordeal. Six inmates have been executed since November, and it would have been seven if not for a convicted murderer's birth defect. Now, we've got June 18 to look forward to -- that's the date John Winfield is scheduled to die for murder ... More >>
Should Missouri cut pharmacies out of executions entirely and fund its own lab to develop lethal-injection drug cocktails? Attorney General Chris Koster thinks so. Speaking to a law conference in Lake of the Ozarks on Thursday, Koster -- a leading Democratic candidate in Missouri's 2016 gubernatori ... More >>
The Missouri Department of Corrections will no longer ban the May edition of St. Louis Magazine, finally allowing inmates to read an in-depth story about Missouri's shrouded and secretive execution process that officials had thought would instill violence or hatred. The story "How We Kill: The Stat ... More >>
Yesterday morning, Cornealious Michael Anderson III woke up in a prison cell at the Southeast Correctional Center in Charleston, Missouri. He said corrections officers threw him in "the hole," or solitary confinement -- he wasn't sure why. He didn't get breakfast. Fast-forward several hours, and An ... More >>
This morning, an attorney for Cornealious "Mike" Anderson III, the man re-incarcerated this past July for a robbery he was convicted of thirteen years ago, filed a petition for declaratory judgment against George Lombardi, director of the Missouri Department of Corrections. In it, the lawyer argues ... More >>
Zeus' killer is going to jail. Yesterday, Wesley Reid pleaded guilty to felony charges of animal abuse and knowingly burning for the death of the three-year-old pit bull back in August 2013. According to the circuit attorney's office, Reid believed Zeus' owner owed him $50, so he doused the dog w ... More >>
Back in September, Riverfront Times published a feature story titled, "The (Extremely) Long (and Sometimes Forgetful) Arm of the Law." It told the story of Cornealious Michael Anderson, or Mike as he's known to friends and family. Anderson was convicted in 2000 of armed robbery and sentenced to thir ... More >>
The Department of Justice says that in 2011, Missouri led the nation in prison rape. The study, which was released last month, looked at sexual misconduct incidents in 700 state and federal prisons beginning in 2009 and going through 2011. It accounted for staff-on-inmate sexual misconduct, as well ... More >>
It used to be that a prisoner's debt to society could be paid on a chain gang by breaking rocks and clearing fields. In Missouri today, however, convicts are growing tomatoes, okra, pumpkins and carrots. The Missouri Department of Corrections announced earlier this month that its Restorative Justi ... 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 >>
Today in print, we bring you the story of a massive procedural screwup in the Missouri criminal-justice system that allowed Cornealious "Mike" Anderson, 36, to walk free for thirteen years for a crime he committed when he was 22. For more than a decade, Anderson was supposed to have been in a Miss ... More >>
via Wikimedia CommonsIn the city of St. Louis, about 51 percent of individuals who commit crimes are repeat offenders -- a recidivism rate higher than the average across Missouri. And city officials hope they can curb this problem, with the help of two new federal grants announced today that aim to ... More >>
Is Missouri going to bring back the gas chamber? The outdated execution method may be the only available option, says Attorney General Chris Koster, citing an ongoing court battle that has prompted the Missouri Supreme Court to delay setting execution dates. As we reported on Monday, Koster is cal ... More >>
It's like Dumpster diving...only this rummaging through trash can apparently land you in jail. The St. Louis circuit attorney's office announced yesterday that Victoria Gibbs and Ladale Lewis have both pleaded guilty to stealing hundreds of metal "Dumpster hooks" from the city. Why? Dumpster hoo ... More >>
Police say that James Johnson came up behind a woman outside of a St. Louis drugstore, "shoved a knife into her lower back," and said he would kill her if she didn't give him her purse. She fought back -- but he pushed her into her car and ran away with her belongings. He then, according to the Ci ... More >>
The murder of Tom Clements, the former director of adult institutions for the Missouri Department of Corrections, has taken several bizarre and violent twists since Daily RFT wrote about it yesterday. Clements, who, after over 30 years with the MCD, took the top slot at the Colorado Department of C ... More >>
On Tuesday night, an individual showed up at the home of Tom Clements, who served with the Missouri department of corrections for three decades. When he opened the door, just after 8:30 pm., he was shot in the chest. And at this time, it appears authorities have not located a suspect in the homici ... More >>
On a Sunday morning in May of 2011, Muhammed Watson approached a young woman on her way to get coffee in the Central West End. "Don't say a word," he told her as he started choking her. Eventually, she was unconscious. This is the horrific scene that St. Louis Circuit Attorney Jennifer Joyce des ... More >>
On Friday, we reported on Tami Inkley's campaign to get justice for her 18-year-old son Matthew, who police say was shot point-blank in the head by his friend Kevin Beindorff last year. Since then, the St. Louis Circuit Court Attorney's office and the defense have signed a plea agreement, on view be ... More >>
Right around Thanksgiving, two women were robbed just steps away from the South Grand Business District. Today, a young man from the Tower Grove East neighborhood was charged with the crime. Terrell Reed, a 21-year-old from the 3200 block of Arsenal Street, now faces two counts of first-degree robbe ... More >>
"Have you done some time in prison?" asks Raynell Brandon, talking like an infomercial narrator to his fellow inmates at the Missouri Eastern Correctional Center in Pacific. "Having trouble adjusting to society? Solve all of your problems with our new spray, De-Institutionalize Plus! It works in s ... More >>
On Tuesday, Missourians overwhelmingly voted for Amendment 2, more commonly known as the "right to pray" amendment. The amendment ensures that everybody in the state has the right to express their religious beliefs, acknowledge God in public, and pray whether they're in a school, public building or ... More >>
According to the Jefferson County Sheriff's Department, early this morning inmates called out that one of their cellmates was unconscious. Officers checked on the man and found him unresponsive. They attempted to perform CPR, but by the time EMS personnel arrived it was too late.
In Missouri, the percentage of state prisoners age 50 and over has doubled in the past ten years, rising to 15.3 percent of all inmates in fiscal year 2010, according to a new report from Human Rights Watch, titled "Old Behind Bars: The Aging Prison Population in the United States." That change repr ... More >>
According to the Missouri Department of Corrections, Elroy Preston is known in prison as the "Chicken Man." We hadn't heard about it, either. That is, until yesterday when we were thumbing through the St. Louis Circuit Attorney's spring newsletter. This issue of the newsletter is mostly about str ... More >>
Image viaJudge David C. "Maximum" Mason of the 22nd Circuit -- noddin' off during trial?It's not easy to feel sorry for Terrence Hendricks. He's the 23-year-old who burglarized a home a few blocks north of the U. City Loop back in February 2009. When the homeowner returned and caught him red-hand ... More >>
Missouri Department of CorrectionsMartin Link: Linked to a brutal crime.Missouri is expected to execute its first prisoner in nearly two years just after midnight tonight at its correctional center in Bonne Terre. Martin Link, 47, was convicted of the kidnap, rape and murder of 11-year-old Elissa ... More >>
Missouri Department of CorrectionsJason Finney had a history of arrests.St. Louis police have identified the two people killed during yesterday's funeral of David Davis at Reliable Funeral Home in Midtown. The deceased are Jason Finney and Trevlan Glass, both 31 years old. Police believe that Fin ... More >>
Police chief Rich Wooten calls it one of the most unusual incidents he's seen during his 26 years serving the St. Louis suburb of Ladue. At 11:45 p.m. Saturday a homeowner in the 9700 block of Old Warson called Wooten's department to report a burglary. The man had just returned from an evening out t ... More >>
An ex-employee of Copia Urban Winery and Market, the Washington Avenue dining spot that was lost in an early-morning blaze last December, faces federal arson charges. U.S. Attorney Catherine Hanaway announced the indictment this morning against 26-year-old Gilbert Summers, a "back bar" worker who ... More >>
An ex-employee of Copia Urban Winery and Market, the Washington Avenue dining spot that was lost in an early-morning blaze last December, faces federal arson charges. U.S. Attorney Catherine Hanaway announced the indictment this morning against 26-year-old Gilbert Summers, a "back bar" worker who ha ... More >>
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A workhouse inmate claims he was wrongly beaten, and city officials scramble to get their stories straight
Once open to the world, Missouri's death row is now secret
As the circle closes around him, John Tiller scrambles
Faced with an unprecedented rash of inmate suicides, St. Louis was slow to respond. Now there's a new jailhouse boss in town.
Annette Green didn't have to die. Her death was a tragedy waiting to happen in St. Louis County's reckless war against two-bit drug dealers and addicts.
When the Benetton clothing company dared to humanize death-row inmates in a $20 million ad campaign, Attorney General Jay Nixon threw a fit. Then he played right into their hands and sued them.
In 1963, a group of African-American runaways and truants was sent to a rural reform school. Then the nightmare began.
Banning bestiality could be a tough sell next year in Jefferson City
MCI WorldCom and the state are raking in windfall profits from the captive customers in Missouri's prisons