What the Travel Channel’s “Mysteries at the Museum” Missed
Bounty in delicate artifacts by inmates’ extracurricular activities
A Yuma Prison museum docent wondered why the Travel Channel’s “Mysteries at the Museum” production was interested in featuring a woman prisoner responsible for a single stagecoach robbery. True, housing women prisoners presented challenges, but the powers-that-be adjusted.
Perhaps a more fascinating set of items in the museum, a collection of beautiful lace, piques interest more. During free time, inmates made crafts, such as inlaid wood boxes, horsehair hat bands, carved shell and onyx pieces — even knives, receiving a share of sales upon their release.
C.E. Hobart, a murderer sentenced to life in prison, repeatedly returned to solitary confinement, quarried rock by day, and knit particularly fine lace collars, baby clothes and piano scarves by night.
Originally published at https://dawnpilot.com on May 4, 2022.