Chriss Lyon

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10:53 am
Thu July 24, 2014

WSW: Gangsters on Vacation in Southwest Michigan

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A traffic stop in Saint Joseph in 1929 started a chain of events that led police to a home in Stevensville, and a stash of weapons used in the infamous "Saint Valentine Day's Massacre."   

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7:57 pm
Mon July 7, 2014

St. Joseph: Beach Town and 1920's Gangster's Paradise

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Gangsters in Southwest Michigan? It's not as shocking as you think. Back in the 1920's, members of the Chicago crime scene treated the area as an oasis where they dined, played golf - and did their best to keep their business affairs to a minimum.

That all changed in 1929, when gangster Frank 'Killer' Burke murdered a St. Joseph police officer, leading authorities to discover that he had weapons used in the St. Valentine's Day Massacre, where seven men from an opposing crime gang were killed in Chicago.

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