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An American Tragedy, A Film by Lisa Rhoden Boyd Showing in Kansas City and Columbia, Missouri during

Updated: Dec 28, 2020

Join us THURSDAY, NOV. 14 at 6:30 P.M at Penn Valley Community College, or MONDAY, NOV. 18 at 6:30 P.M at The University of Missouri for a screening of Lisa Rhoden Boyd’s An American Tragedy, a film that challenges societies assumptions about the death penalty.

These events are free and open to the public. Discussion and Q & A after the film will feature: Lisa Rhoden Boyd, Film Director — George Lombardi, Retired Dept. of Corrections Director — Troy Steele, Retired Potosi Prison Superintendent — Jim Hall, Kelli’s Father.

(Mr. Lombardi will not be in attendance for the screening on Nov. 18th.)

About the film: Kelli Hall was finishing her shift at a gas station in St. Charles one chilly night in February 1989 when Jeff Ferguson and another man abducted the 18-year-old high school student. Family and friends would never again see her alive. Mr. Ferguson was caught, ultimately convicted and sentenced to death for her rape and murder. For 26 years the Hall family waited for justice. They became aware of who the remorseful and condemned prisoner had become, but only after his 2014 execution. Regardless, could you forgive the man who killed your daughter or other loved one? An American Tragedy, by award-winning filmmaker Lisa Rhoden Boyd (POTOSI GOD IN DEATH ROW), focuses on the crime, the Hall family and follows Jeff Ferguson into the final days before his execution. The documentary subtly challenges society’s assumptions about the death penalty as it tells the story of one man’s journey to death and another man’s journey to forgive.

For more information related to An American Tragedy and Lisa Rhoden Boyd please visit .

These events are co-sponsored by Missourians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty, Mid-Missouri Fellowship of Reconciliation, MU Peace Studies Program, Empower Missouri (Partial List). For more information please call Missourians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty at 816-931-4177.


Nov. 14th, 6:30 P.M., Penn Valley Community College, 3200 Broadway, Kansas City, MO 64111, Humanities, Room 206

Nov. 18th, 6:30 P.M. The University of Missouri, Huston Hall Law School, 820 Conley Ave, Columbia, MO 65211, Model Courtroom, Room 112

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