Protecting Niagara
A History of the Niagara County Sheriff’s Office

by Christopher J Carlin,
Chief Deputy;
Niagara County Sheriff’s Dept.

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Paperback: 320 pages
Edition: 2006
Language: English
ISBN: 0-9645195-1-8 (pbk.) ISBN 13: 978-0-09645195-1-0 (pbk.)

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Protecting Niagara is an in depth look at the history of the Niagara County Sheriff’s Office. It chronicles the lives of those who held the office of sheriff and the men and women who served Niagara County. The book touches on the early history of Niagara County and major events that shaped its early path. These events include the establishment of Niagara County and the building of the Erie Canal. It goes on to outline the infamous ‘Morgan Affair’; where William Morgan was abducted and presumably murdered for his role in divulging the secrets of Free Masonry—and the major role Sheriff Eli Bruce played in his disappearance. Niagara County was central to the Mackenzie Rebellion, an incident where British soldiers violated the sovereignty of the United States. This act resulted in the murder of an American sailor and taking the U. S. and Great Britain to the brink of war. 

Many sensational crimes are detailed in Protecting Niagara. In the mid nineteenth century, a brutal ax murder was discovered in the normally quiet German community of Bergholz. Read about several early forensic cases where authorities discovered evidence of murder, months and years after the victims were laid to rest. Learn how the small community of Ransomville organized a posse in response to a brutal slaying and invoked their own form of justice.  

Niagara County played a prominent role during Prohibition with such close proximity to Canada. Many bootleggers had lucrative enterprises during the “Noble Experiment” and Niagara County lawmen spent a great deal of time and effort stopping the flow of illegal alcohol. The 1920’s the nation also witnessed a resurgence of the Ku Klux Klan—and Niagara County was no different. Cross burnings and demonstrations were common within the county and the sheriff’s office and numerous run-ins with hooded Klansmen. 

Protecting Niagara tells the stories of the county jails and the prisoners who were held there (and sometimes escaped). Read about the only execution to take in Niagara County, held in the newly opened county jail.  

Protecting Niagara is dedicated to the brave officers who made the ultimate sacrifice in serving and protecting the citizens of their community.    


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