A Short History On Valentine’s Day Massacre
Now that Valentine’s Day is arriving, you can find out all about this grisly event that also happened on February 14, exactly 83 years ago!
The infamous Saint Valentine’s Day Massacre took place in a warehouse garage in a Chicago suburb called Lincoln Park back in 1929. While seven mobsters were brutally murdered by rival gang members in the attack, the main target escaped narrowly.
This massacre dates back to the Prohibition era in the United States when alcohol was banned. During that time, several gangs illegally controlled the distribution and sale of liquor. Moran led the North Side Gang in Chicago, and controlled the flow of alcohol into the United States from places like Canada. However, his gang was up against legendary mobster Al Capone’s gang in the liquor business. As a result, Capone and Moran crossed each other’s paths on several occasions. This led to violent confrontations, and even some murders.
After one such confrontation in which Moran’s gang murdered Jack McGurn, one of Capone’s close associates, Capone decided to go after Moran. He got four of his men to target Moran and a few of his people on Valentine’s Day, when they were all expected to be at the Lincoln Park warehouse to take stock of some contraband alcohol.
But Moran was unable to make it to the garage at 10:30 am as expected. He had seen a few cops approaching the garage on his way there, so he decided to head back to his hotel.
After some time, a Cadillac sedan approached the garage and four men–two of whom were dressed as cops—got out. Armed with Tommy submachine guns, they went inside the garage and sprayed several rounds at North Side Gang members Peter and Frank Gusenberg, Albert Kachellek, Adam Heyer, Reinhart Schwimmer, Albert Weinshank and John May.
While the initial plan was to kill Moran and a couple of his associates, the killers apparently decided to make an example out of those present at the scene. They even shot several rounds into the faces of May and Kachellek.
After the massacre, the four men drove away from the scene without raising any immediate suspicions in the sleepy suburb. This was because two of the killers walked out with their hands up and pretended to be in the custody of the other two men dressed in police uniform! This made it appear as though the police had shot and arrested some gangsters.
Only later did neighbours discover the gruesome scene in the garage. The cops traced the crime back to Al Capone, as he had the most obvious motives for organizing the hit. They also found other evidence, including the charred remains of the Cadillac sedan.
While big cities like Chicago were used to mob activities, the brutality of this event caused public outrage. Soon, people called for Al Capone’s head, and within a couple of years, the federal government was able to book the gangster—for tax evasion, of all things.
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