STILLWATER (AP) -- An 18-year-old St. Paul man was charged Friday with setting a fire that destroyed two historic buildings at the site of the Minnesota Territorial Prison.
The Washington County Attorney's Office charged Peter Michael Weyandt with second-degree arson in the crime. Police arrested Weyandt after two other men came forward late Thursday.
The St. Paul Pioneer Press reported Friday that the two men who turned themselves in did so after an interview with one of its reporters.
The newspaper quoted Terrance Jolly, 21, and Martin Johnson, 22, both of St. Paul, as saying they went to the vacant former prison site on Tuesday evening to check out rumors that the place was haunted by the ghost of Cole Younger, a member of the Jesse James gang who was captured after the Northfield bank raid in 1876, and was imprisoned there.
Police have investigated reports of satanic activities at the prison site in the past, and that the city had long had difficulties with trespassers at the prison site.
"We were just there looking around because people said it was haunted," Johnson said.
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