Inmates At Eloise Trade Silverware To Secure Liquor
The Owosso Argus-Press, April 6, 1931
Before the modern-day pilfering of Eloise's grounds there was an active black market where inmates traded items from the institution for booze. Some of the booty, in the form of silverware and other portables, was discovered at the residence of Telesphore Roberge, 26304 Cherry Street, Inkster, Michigan, during a police investigation of his death. He had perished while consuming poisoned liquor in the company of Eloise charge Joseph McClean, who was unconscious.
I've tracked down Roberge's death certificate but can find nothing else about McClean.