Courtesy of Friends of Historic Boonville
Cooper County Jail
January 31, 1930: At the Old Jail and Hanging Barn in Boonville, Lawrence Mabry climbed the thirteen steps to the loft and was hanged for a killing in Pettis County. This was the last public hanging in Missouri.
This post was contributed by Ross Malone. A historian and a retired school teacher, Ross has authored many books about Missouri’s history, weird facts, and folk tales. He has also written children’s historical fiction. Visit his website, and buy his books in the Missouri Life store.