Montana Prison Riot - Deer Lodge, MT
Posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member linkys
N 46° 23.502 W 112° 44.147
12T E 366547 N 5139033
Quick Description: During the 1957 Montana State Prison Riot the Assistant Warden was murdered in his office.
Location: Montana, United States
Date Posted: 11/15/2009 7:52:35 AM
Waymark Code: WM7NTH
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member cache_test_dummies
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Long Description:

The riot began on April 16, 1959 when a notorious prisoner, Jerry Myles, and two other convicts managed to seize rifles from several guards. Immediately thereafter, Myles and another prisoner, Lee Smart charged the deputy warden's office in the administration building.

During the ensuing struggle, a Sgt. Cox was stabbed in the arm and shoulder (from which he would later recover) and Deputy Warden Ted Rothe was shot and killed by Smart. During the 36-hour riot, Deputy Warden Ted Rothe was shot and killed. In addition, 26 prison employees and inmates were taken hostage.

The riot ended when members of the Montana National Guard fired shots from an anti-tank bazooka into the cellblock tower where Miles, Smart and the other ringleaders were barricaded, after which Guardsmen stormed the prison and regained control. The only other deaths during the riot were Myles and Smart, who died in the tower, apparently carrying out a murder-suicide pact.

Assistant Warden Rothe's office where he was murdered by Miles.


While you can not enter the actual office, you can stand outside look through the door into the office.


Several articles appeared in the local newspaper at the time of the 50th anniversary of the riot. They can be found here and here.

Date of crime: 4/16/1959

Public access allowed: no

Fee required: yes

Web site: [Web Link]

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