For many years, handwritten ledgers were used for inmate booking and releases. Several of these old ledgers were stored in a secluded and possibly forgotten part of the department. Some ledgers even dated back to the mid and late 1800's. Berrien County Sheriff's Department Historian and 911 Supervisor Chriss Lyon recently uncovered these ledgers with one in particular linking the Berrien County Sheriff’s Department with the infamous St. Valentines Day Massacre.
March 29, 1931, crowds gathered outside the Berrien County Jail awaiting the arrival of
Fred "Killer" Burke. (Photo courtesy of Mario Gomes, www.myalcaponemuseum.com)
Fighting the cold and darkness, people wanted to see Fred "Killer" Burke in person.
(Photo courtesty of Mario Gomes, www.myalcaponemuseum.com)