On Easter Monday in 1930, a fire trapped hundreds of inmates in the aging Ohio Penitentiary just minutes after they returned to their cells after a holiday supper.
What remains the deadliest prison fire in American history claimed the lives of 320 men who hailed from every corner of the country and beyond.
The tragedy made heroes of some and highlight the horrifying penal conditions in Depression-era prisons across the country.
Today on All Sides with Ann Fisher: author Mitchell P. Roth talks about his new book, Fire In The Big House: America’s Deadliest Prison Disaster.
- Mitchell P. Roth, professor of criminal justice and criminology at Sam Houston State University, author, “Fire In The Big House: America’s Deadliest Prison Disaster”