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Vernon Clate Miller
Birth: Aug. 25, 1896
Beadle County
South Dakota, USA
Death: Nov. 29, 1933
Wayne County
Michigan, USA

Lawman turned outlaw. Born in Iowa and raised in North Dakota, Verne Miller entered the National Guard at the age of 16, and eventually served in both the Pershing Expedition and World War I, reaching the rank of Color Sergeant. After his honorable discharge, he was appointed sheriff of Beadle County, South Dakota in January 1921. He posted a good record in solving crimes and busting bootleggers, but was eventually fired and prosecuted for embezzlement, spending a year and a half in prison. Upon his Miller turned to crime, robbing banks throughout the Midwest and operating casinos in Canada. Because of his low-profile methods and the fact that he didn't have a fancy nickname, Verne Miller didn't draw as much publicity as his counterparts. He was well-acquainted with Eastern crime bosses such as Louis "Lepke" Buchalter, Al Capone, and Gus Winkler. He was known to have undying loyalty towards his friends and relentless hatred for his enemies, having been suspected of several gangland murders in the early 1930's. Miller was named by the FBI as being the lead machine-gunner in the infamous Kansas City Massacre on June 17, 1933, when he and another man (suspected to be Pretty Boy Floyd) attempted to rescue Frank Nash from a group of lawmen at Kansas City's Union Station. The ensuing gun battle left five people dead, including Nash himself. J. Edgar Hoover declared Miller the most wanted man in America. The FBI and Chicago Police set a trap for him on November 1, 1933, when he arrived at the Sherone Apartments to see his wife Vivian. Miller managed to escape the ambush and sped off to safety. On the run, with nowhere else to turn, Verne Miller was betrayed and murdered a few weeks after his Chicago escape. His body was found near a drainage ditch at the corner of Cambridge and Harlow streets in Northwest Detroit. He had been strangled and beaten to death. (bio by: Dennis Rice) 
Riverside Cemetery
Beadle County
South Dakota, USA
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Originally Created by: Dennis Rice
Record added: Jun 02, 2003
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Vernon Clate Miller
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