Missouri is getting some love from the Travel Channel tonight -- for once being home to "America's bloodiest 47 acres." That was the label Time Magazine apparently gave to the the Missouri State Penitentiary in 1967 and is one of many reasons why it's a perfect subject for Ghost Adventures, the sh ... More >>
The Post-Dispatch was not the only publishing institution in Missouri to have a bad week. Yesterday morning, Tim Wolfe, the president of the University of Missouri system, announced plans to shut down the University of Missouri Press. The news came as a complete surprise to the ten-member staff, ed ... More >>
image courtesy of Missouri PreservationSave the Oak Grove Mausoleum!Yesterday Missouri Preservation released its annual list of the Most Endangered Historic Places in Missouri. The list now contains fifteen structures, nine held over from last year and six that are new additions. Among them a ... More >>
Boo!Something ghostly may be happening in our state capital...and it has nothing to do with the budget.The decommissioned Missouri State Penitentiary in Jefferson City is offering tours of its gruesome cells and and execution chamber. Those seem scary enough, but if that doesn't shiver your timbe ... More >>
Image ViaThe Environmental Protection Agency announced yesterday that it is awarding $234,221 in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funding to to conduct a brownfield assessment of the former Missouri State Penitentiary in Jefferson City. The prison closed in 2004 as the oldest continuously ... More >>
Missouri State Penitentiary Redevelopment CommissionAh, if only the walls of the old Missouri State Penitentiary in Jefferson City could talk! Well, OK, most of the stories would probably be kind of dull, and the vocabulary might be a little less than savory, but the fact remains: The 177-year-ol ... More >>
St. Martin's PressJohn Heidenry is probably one of the few people who remember the Bobby Greenlease case, though in 1953 it was considered the most audacious kidnapping in American crime history since the Lindbergh baby in 1932.Heidenry, whose resume includes St. Louis magazine and Penthouse Forum a ... More >>
The Columbia Missourian reported over the weekend that several state agencies are pushing to open the doors of the old Missouri State Penitentiary in Jefferson City to tourists.One hundred years before Alcatraz opened, the Missouri State Penitentiary was in operation. When it closed on Sept. 15, 200 ... More >>
Steven Spielberg's stolen painting, a St. Louis art thief, and a plot to kill Martin Luther King. It could make a helluva movie.
Week of March 2, 2006
A federal appeals court says Darryl Burton might very well be innocent of the 1984 murder of Donald Ball. But there's nothing they can do about it.
When a renegade band of artists and writers tries to punch its way into the local fight game, the gloves come off
While Joe Amrine waits to die, Missouri courts won't admit they may be wrong
Lifer Bill Herron knew exactly how to get out of jail -- until 16 years ago, when the Missouri Department of Corrections locked him in solitary
Meet the men who sparked a lawsuit
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.