Oklahoma 100-year-old paupers' cemetery in McAlester home to hundreds of unclaimed prisoners

McALESTER, Okla. (AP) -- The paupers' cemetery outside the Oklahoma State Penitentiary in McAlester is home to hundreds of prisoners who have no one to come forward to claim their bodies after they die.

The cemetery is 100 years old this year. The prison is about five years older.

The graveyard is home to executed inmates and also those who die in custody with nowhere else to go.

The most recently executed inmate -- 39-year-old Brian Darrell Davis -- will likely end up there because he didn't fill out the paperwork indicating who would claim his body. None of his family came to witness his execution, either.

Inmates refer to the site as "Peckerwood Hill" but it's not a hill at all -- just a flat stretch of land under unkempt cedar trees.
 

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