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Missouri State Penitentiary featured on ghost TV show

Tuesday, September 3, 2013 | 7:17 a.m. CDT; updated 11:17 a.m. CDT, Tuesday, September 3, 2013

JEFFERSON CITY — The Missouri State Penitentiary will get the spotlight for a TV show focused on ghosts.

The Jefferson City News Tribune reported that the Travel Channel's show "Ghost Adventures" will focus on the former Missouri prison for an episode this week. The film crew re-enacted the 1954 prison riot and a double-execution conducted at the prison. It also focused on the gas chamber, the housing unit that had held death row and the oldest housing unit at the prison.

The Missouri State Penitentiary closed in 2004 and was the oldest continually operating prison west of the Mississippi River. It is located near the state Capitol and overlooks the Missouri River.


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