Missouri State Prison

Zak, Nick and Aaron travel to Jefferson City, MO, to investigate the infamous cellblocks and prison halls of the Missouri State Penitentiary. The prison was founded in 1836, but it wasn't long before it became known for its bloodshed and violence. Time Magazine once proclaimed it “America's bloodiest 47 acres.”

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Gas chamber at Missouri State Penitentiary
Gas chamber at Missouri State Penitentiary

Gas chamber at Missouri State Penitentiary

Nick retraces the steps of doomed prisoners in the gas chamber -- the site of 40 executions. 960 1280

  

Missouri State Penitentiary

Missouri State Penitentiary

Inmate photos hang on the walls of the Missouri State Penitentiary. 960 1280

  

Entrance to the Missouri State Penitentiary

Entrance to the Missouri State Penitentiary

The ominous facade of the Missouri State Penitentiary, once named “America's bloodiest 47 acres” by Time Magazine. 960 1280

  

Zak at the Missouri State Penitentiary

Zak at the Missouri State Penitentiary

Zak films outside the Missouri State Penitentiary. 960 1280

  

Missouri State Penitentiary

Missouri State Penitentiary

In 1954, the Missouri State Penitentiary was the site of a tragic prison riot. A group of inmates beat and murdered a fellow inmate with a hammer. 960 1280

  

Missouri State Penitentiary Dungeon

Missouri State Penitentiary Dungeon

It’s believed that many prisoners were tortured in the prison’s dungeon. 960 1280

  

Missouri State Penitentiary

Missouri State Penitentiary

Also known as “The Walls,” the Missouri State Penitentiary closed in 2004. 960 1280

  

Ghost Traps in the Missouri State Penitentiary

Ghost Traps in the Missouri State Penitentiary

During their investigation of the Missouri State Penitentiary, the guys use what they call "ghost traps” -- groups of trigger objects coupled with audio recording devices. 960 1280

  

Former Deputy Warden Mark Schreiber

Former Deputy Warden Mark Schreiber

Former Deputy Warden Mark Schreiber provides the GAC with some history of the prison. 960 1280

  

Missouri State Penitentiary

Missouri State Penitentiary

During the 1830s, prisoners at the Missouri State Penitentiary were employed in making bricks. 960 1280

  

Bars at Missouri State Penitentiary

Bars at Missouri State Penitentiary

Nick leans against the bars at the Missouri State Penitentiary, where notorious “Pretty Boy” Floyd and Martin Luther King, Jr.’s assassin served time. 960 1280

  

Zak at Missouri State Penitentiary

Zak at Missouri State Penitentiary

Billy films Zak outside the Missouri State Penitentiary. 960 1280

  

Missouri State Penitentiary

Missouri State Penitentiary

Aaron stands in front of the Missouri State Penitentiary complex, where the first execution by lethal injection took place. 960 1280

  

Missouri State Penitentiary

Missouri State Penitentiary

When it closed in 2004, the Missouri State Penitentiary had been the oldest operating prison west of the Mississippi River. 960 1280

  

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