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Netflix Series Includes the Story of a Prison Riot in Southern Ohio

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Historical footage and reenactments help portray the Lucasville riots in the Netflix series.

A Netflix series exploring hostage situations premiered this weekend with an episode telling the story of the deadly prison riot at the Southern Ohio Correctional Facility in Lucasville in 1993.

“My partner said, ‘What are we going to do?’ I said, ‘Make your peace now, because we’re getting ready to die.’”

Mike Hensley was one of the corrections officers taken hostage during that riot. He’s among the interviewees in the first episode of Captive, which features rarely seen historical video and audio and behind the scenes stories of the 11 day siege. Lucasville warden Art Tate was also interviewed: “I still get a little emotional about it. I really wanted to do the best I could do down there.”

The episode mixes reenactments with footage from the state and from broadcast news programs to explain how the riot was sparked, and how a guard and nine inmates ended up dead.

Karen is a lifelong Ohioan who has served as news director at WCBE-FM, assignment editor/overnight anchor at WBNS-TV, and afternoon drive anchor/assignment editor in WTAM-AM in Cleveland. In addition to her daily reporting for Ohio’s public radio stations, she’s reported for NPR, the BBC, ABC Radio News and other news outlets. She hosts and produces the Statehouse News Bureau’s weekly TV show “The State of Ohio”, which airs on PBS stations statewide. She’s also a frequent guest on WOSU TV’s “Columbus on the Record”, a regular panelist on “The Sound of Ideas” on ideastream in Cleveland, appeared on the inaugural edition of “Face the State” on WBNS-TV and occasionally reports for “PBS Newshour”. She’s often called to moderate debates, including the Columbus Metropolitan Club’s Issue 3/legal marijuana debate and its pre-primary mayoral debate, and the City Club of Cleveland’s US Senate debate in 2012.