Correctional Officer Josephine Birdene McCallum

Correctional Officer Josephine Birdene McCallum

Michigan Department of Corrections, Michigan

End of Watch Tuesday, March 24, 1987

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Josephine Birdene McCallum

Officer McCallum was raped, strangled, and beaten to death by an inmate while on duty at the Southern Michigan State Prison. Her body was found at the bottom of a stairwell.

A inmate serving 18 to 40 years for kidnapping, criminal sexual conduct, and armed robbery was charged with her murder. He was convicted of first degree murder and sentenced to life.

She was survived by her husband and son.


  • Age 26
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Assault
  • Weapon Person
  • Offender Sentenced to life

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Officer McCallum,
On today, the 32nd anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of the state of Michigan. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy. There is no tougher job in Law Enforcement than that of a Corrections Officer.

BPA Mike Casey
United States Border Patrol
El Paso Station

March 24, 2019

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