This is a rather specialized database, but it was too interesting to pass up. The site sponsored by the Missouri Secretary of State allows you to search the state archives for Missouri State Penitentiary records from 1836 to 1931. The following excerpt is provided by the website:
"The Missouri State Penitentiary was the first state penal institution west of the Mississippi River. It opened its doors in 1836 and operated continuously until 2004. The Missouri State Penitentiary, also called MSP or the Walls, was a notoriously brutal prison. In 1967, Time Magazine named it 'the bloodiest 47 acres in America.'”
After entering your search terms, you will get a hit list showing summary records. Each record has a link to a more detailed version.
If you have ancestors in Missouri, who knows what scalawags you may find here.
Check it out at: Missouri State Penitentiary Database:
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