Missouri State Prison Report

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The Missouri State Penitentiary was the second largest prison in the nation. It was very harsh and the other inmates were criminals. They were there for murder, theft, and lots of other horrible things. The inmates were cruel to each other and hated the guards. There were lots of different people there for many different reasons. There were even famous criminals there. In 1954 there was a riot that broke out and was chaos. There were people that escaped from here. There is a lot of history that happened here. They killed inmates here. The Missouri State Penitentiary would of been a nightmare of a place to be. Everyone there wanted to hurt you or kill you. This was the place the really bad people went.
There were many different types of inmates
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The collection contains oral histories as narrated by eight native residents of the Outer Banks who were bom in the first two decades of the twentieth century. The interviewer guided respondents to discuss their family's' history in the area, what their life was like growing up, and how they would sum up their lives on the Outer Banks. Compiler David Poyer refers to the interviewees as "the last survivors of nineteenth-century America" due to the area's geographic isolation during the early twentieth century (p. 5). The collection highlights the dominance of water-based livelihoods, the relative lack of infrastructure on the islands, and the impact of World War n on the members of this particular generation. Poyer readily admits that Happier Than This Day and Time is not for academics per se. His methodology leaves much for historians to desire— Poyer does not provide any context on the people, places, or events discussed by his interviewees, and he nearly ignores racial issues. As such, readers unfamiliar with the area and its history will need to perform quite a bit of extra research in order for the stories to make sense. [KELLY B. WEBER, Rice University] Del Pueblo: A History of Houston's Hispanic Community. By Thomas H. Kreneck (Bush, Erin N. The Missouri State Penitentiary: 170 Years Inside the …show more content…
George Ryan handed out Colt .44 revolvers and a large supply of ammunition to fellow convicts Harry Vaughan, Edward Raymond and Hiram Blake. The four then entered the office of Deputy Warden R. E. See and ordered him to put his hands in the air. Instead, he went for his gun and one of the met shot him in the shoulder. After See slumped to the floor he and another person in the office were grabbed and used as shields for the men as they raced across the yard toward a large iron gate that led outside the prison. Guard John Clay was gatekeeper for the day and was ordered to hold up his hands. While in this vulnerable position, one of the four shot him in the head, killing him. Another guard, Ephriam Allison, noticed the commotion through a grated door and yelled, “What’s going on in there?” He was shot twice and also killed. The escapees then placed a charge of nitroglycerin on their last remaining hurdle to freedom; a large gate at the end of the driveway. It blew the lock completely off the gate and made a jagged hole large enough for the men to drive through. The four ran down along the railroad tracks towards the train depot, shooting back at the pursuing guards. One of the fleeing prisoners, Hiram Blake, was shot and killed by police officer John Bruner. The remaining three jumped into a wagon. Using the driver as a shield, they grabbed the reins and whipped the horses to a full gallop

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