Bryan Sheppard's Release From Prison; Historic Wheatley-Provident Hospital

Mar 27, 2017

Bryan Sheppard at KCUR's studios a few weeks after his release from prison.
Credit Andrea Tudhope / KCUR 89.3

It's been nearly 30 years since six Kansas City firefighters were killed in an explosion after responding to a call about a truck on fire. A few weeks ago, Bryan Sheppard, one of five sentenced to life in prison, was released, because juvenile sentencing laws have changed since the time of the then 17-year-old's conviction. We check-in with Sheppard on life after prison.

Plus, what the ruins of the old Wheatley-Provident Hospital tell us about race in Kansas City. 


  • Bryan Sheppard, defendant in 1988 explosion that killed six firefighters, released early after 22-year prison term
  • Mike McGraw, former reporter, Kansas City Star
  • Michael Adams, historian