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'Capote' Puts the Wraps on a Local Artwork
March 10, 2006
This column of Mike Hendricks features a portrait of Jesus Christ done by Perry Smith while in Lansing Prison and before the Clutter Family murders, later portrayed in Truman Capote's book In Cold Blood....
68,937 And Counting: Searching Inmate Case Files from the U.S. Penitentiary at Leavenworth, Kansas
Article describes information that can be obtained from inmate case files at the Leavenworth penitentiary. Case files include inmate photographs, record sheets, personal data sheets, fingerprints, daily...
A City Hall Wanted
Article describing the county jail and the new police headquarters in the old courthouse.
A Convict Looks Back at the 1954 Missouri Penitentiary Riots
Article about the 1954 riots at the Missouri State Penitentiary in Jefferson City, Missouri. Riot included killings, fires, destruction of over $10 million to state property and most of the prison. Also...
Analysis of Needs at Municipal Farm and Women's Reformatory
Study of the functions and operations of the municipal prison farm for women.
Beaham Mfg. Co., The
Advertising card for The Beaham Mfg. Co. showing a man sitting in a prison cell, hands in chains, eating a piece of bread. A sign on wall says "Bill of Fare. Bread and Water." Front of card says: "Playing...
Beauty behind Bars
August 1, 1980
Photos and biographical article about Susan Stanton, "Director of Corrections" at the Jackson County Jail since 1977, joining the county government in 1973 at the age of 25.
Because of Grants, Volunteers: Jail & Museum Get New Exterior
Illlustrated article about the renovation of the exterior of the 1859 Jail, Marshal's Home and Museum in Independence.
Bert's Beat: WWII Italian POWs Once Held in KC Area
File containing article about the Italian prisoners of World War II held in the Kansas City area.
Blue Book of City Hall: Kansas City, Mo., 1924
Photos of the Municipal Farm and the "Women's Reformatory."
Bread and Water Will Go Off Books
Article about the end of the policy of punishing inmates with bread and water diets.
Campaigns of the Civil War: Centennial Edition
Colored map of the southeastern United States shows campaigns, battles, prisons, and other important sites associated with the Civil War. Insets show Battle of Gettysburg and Virginia Campaigns, and portraits...
Carl F. Haynie
Portrait of Carl F. Haynie, Superintendent of the medium security prison at Moberly, Missouri. He spoke at the Dec. 4, 1962 luncheon meeting.
Catalyst for Terror: The Collapse of the Women's Prison in Kansas City
April 1, 1995
The prison collapse is described as "one of the most fascinating but mysterious events of the Civil War on the Missouri-Kansas border" on August 13, 1863. Relates the story of the collapse of the women's...
Christmas at the Municipal Correctional Institution
Description of the living conditions and holiday festivities at the city jail.
Civil War Mail Went through Hail of Shots
Biographical article about Absalom Carlisle Grimes, or Absalom Grimes, a spy and escape artist nicknamed "mailman of the Confederate army." Description of his career, starting out as a steamboat pilot...
Civil War Prison Collapse In Kansas City
Article about the collapse of a three-story building being used as a Civil War prison or guard house, killing four of the nine women prisoners inside, on August 13, 1863. Incident linked to the raid on...
Article with pictures about the history of the former Missouri State penitentiary (MSP)--what a 1967 "Time" issue called "the bloodiest forty-seven acres in America." It opened in 1836 and was the first...
Downtown Prison Collapse During the Civil War
Brief description about the collapse of the "large three-story building in the Metropolitan Block, McGee's Addition, owned by G. C. Bingham," killing four of the nine women prisoners inside the building...
Gillis House Hotel Was a Prison in 1864
Article about a Civil War experience of a soldier, George M. Noland of Kansas City, at the Gillis House Hotel in 1864 as a prisoner of war, sentenced to death.
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