Is Idaho’s Deceased Jack the Ripper Still Serving Time at the Old State Pen?

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Looming pensively at the bottom of a hill in Boise sits the Old Idaho Penitentiary. This prison first opened in 1872 and housed some of the West’s most notorious criminals over its 101 years of operation. According to the Idaho State Historical Society, more than 13,000 inmates including 220 women spent time here. Ten out of Idaho’s eleven executions took place behind the walls, with an estimated total of 110 individuals dying from disease, old age, or murdered by other inmates.

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Maureen Elsberry

Adventure seeker, outdoors junkie, UFO journalist, space geek. Co-host of the webseries Spacing Out! and Uncovering Aliens on The Science Channel and Animal Planet.

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