‘Ghost Hunters’ at Missouri State Penitentiary
Syfy stars have been creeping around old prison, but vanish before ‘mystery’ party
Monday, June 13, 2011
The crew from the hit Syfy network show “Ghost Hunters” just wrapped up a week of investigating paranormal activity at the Missouri State Penitentiary (MSP) for an episode that could be broadcast this fall.
The announcement was made Sunday night at a downtown “mystery” party held by the Jefferson City Convention and Visitors Bureau. Around 100 people attended the $20 event featuring food and drink. It culminated a weekend of activities celebrating the 175th anniversary of the former prison.
Justin Bruns, a fan of the show since its inception, was disappointed that the show's stars, Jason Hawes and Grant Wilson, weren’t at the event. They originally planned to be there, but couldn't attend because of a scheduling conflict.
“I was a little bummed they weren’t there. That was the main reason we went,” he said.
The aging MSP was decommissioned in 2004 and the prison was relocated. Starting in 2009, the CVB began holding two- and four-hour history tours of the former prison. That year, 3,290 people took a tour. In 2010, the number of tourists there leaped to nearly 12,000, CVB Director Steve Picker said.
This year, the CVB started adding various themed tours, including ghost tours and twilight tours, in addition to history tours.
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