The Nation: Children at Play

"Sick, really sick," said Lifer Ed Lowe, a prisoner in the Colorado State Penitentiary at Canon City. It seems that prison officials were loath to let the gas chamber, in which 24 men have died, just molder away. And there was a nice park nearby. So the chamber with its three seats (for multiple executions) was planted in the playground, with only its glass windows removed for safety. Neighborhood youngsters frolic in it, and there have been few complaints from tourists using the park. Says Associate Warden Alex Wilson: "Some who stop even seem to enjoy it."


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