Missouri State Penitentiary
During a private tour of the Missouri State Penitentiary in Jefferson City, the keys to the prison’s gas chamber mysteriously disappeared.
Public tours were halted last fall after high levels of mold were discovered, but city and state officials are splitting the cost of renovation which is an estimated total of $2 million.
The recent decision by the governor to reopen the abandoned state penitentiary for tours has reminded me of my own time behind the walls decades ago.
Gov. Jay Nixon says the state will help finance the estimated $2 million needed to remove mold and make repairs at the historic Missouri State Penitentiary in Jefferson City.
Mold found in buildings at a former state prison has forced an end to tours at the Missouri State Penitentiary for the remainder of the year
The film crew re-enacted the 1954 prison riot and a double-execution conducted at the prison. It also focused on the gas chamber and the housing unit that had held death row.
More than 19,000 people from 23 countries visited the old Missouri State Penitentiary in 2012, generating about $275,000 in revenue.