Monday, August 11, 2008

Capone's triggerman kills Michigan cop

Vol. 1, Issue 1, Sept. 2008 Contents
Feature article


'Killer' Burke links Valentine's Massacre with Berrien County

Capone's triggerman
kills Michigan cop

by Chriss Lyon

Introduction:

Fred Burke"Strong links between the Chicago underworld and Berrien County, Michigan, came to light in the aftermath of the February 14, 1929, St. Valentine's Day Massacre. "Before that slaughter, Berrien County had little obvious connection with Chicago mobsters other than visits by Al Capone. The Chicago gang boss was known to reserve entire floors at the Whitcomb Hotel in St. Joseph, to attend functions at the Hotel Vincent ini Benton Harbor, to partake in the fare of Benton Harbor's "Little Italy" and to stay occasionally at various area residences."


Six and a half pages article body
Half page of endnotes
11 grayscale photos.

(CORRECTION: In our sidebar story - Page 22 - on the victims of the St. Valentine's Day Massacre, we reported that James Clark was the brother-in-law of gang boss George "Bugs" Moran. The relationship was reported in the press accounts of the period. However, crime historian Rick Mattix tells us Clark and Moran were unrelated.)

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