A former Missouri Representative, Isaac Parker, was appointed to a position as judge in what came to be known as “The Court of the Damned.” Parker became famous in the old west as “The Hanging Judge.”

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.