Missouri State Penitentiary
WHPS traveled to Jefferson City, Missouri to investigate this famous abandoned prison. We have been to many places but this ranked among our favorites so far. There were 4 very large buildings and several smaller ones. There is also a Gas Chamber facility located at the back of the property. Built in the early 1800’s it served as Missouri’s primary maximum security penal facility from 1836-2004 and was the oldest operating prison west of the Mississippi River. From 1938-1965 39 prisoners were put to death in the gas chamber including one woman.
The investigation was facilitated by 3 very knowledgeable guides who were very helpful and professional. They would provide input when asked and stayed clear of the investigation teams as to give us plenty of space. There were 4 main areas, three housing units and death row. There was also a bonus area under death row where the craziest and worst prisoners were kept. During our investigation we were able to get hits on our K2 meters and some EVP’s. Housing unit 4 was especially interesting, it was 4 stories high with catwalks. Some of our investigators were able to photograph what appeared to be shadows moving across the room. This unit had an extremely high murder rate, inmates stabbed or pushed over the railing so needless to say there was plenty of creep factor.
This investigation was successful, productive and very interesting. We had lot of fun and were joined by two friends from Kansas that we have investigated with before and it was great to have them with us. We definitely want to go back to this location someday there is so much to check out it is almost impossible to do it in one night.