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The History on St. Valentine’s Day in Chicago

February 13, 2007

I know every February, across the country, candy, flowers, and gifts are exchanged between loved ones, but in Chicago, some people are still alive and remembered what happened in February 14, 1929 which called ‘Valentine Day’s Massacre’, the most spectacular gangland slaying in mob history—was actually somewhat of a failure.

Al Capone had arranged for Chicago mobster George “Bugs” Moran and most of his North Side Gang to be eliminated on February 14, 1929. The plan, probably devised by Capone’s henchman “Machine Gun” Jack McGurn, was simple and deviously clever, but Capone’s primary target escaped.

His plan was to bring whiskey for a price for Morgan and his gang in the warehouse that would be shipped. The delivery was set for a red brick warehouse at 2122 North Clark Street in Chicago at 10:30 a.m. on Valentine’s Day. So Capone was staying in his home in Miami when it happened. Morgan’s men waited for the delivery truck to arrive at the warehouse. They spotted a police wagon rolling up to the warehouse. Figuring it was a bust he watched as five men—including three dressed in police uniforms—entered the warehouse.

Inside the warehouse, Moran’s men were confronted by the hit men disguised as policemen. Assuming it was a routine bust, they followed instructions as they were ordered to line up against the wall. The hit men then opened fire with Thompson submachine guns, killing six of the seven men immediately. Despite 22 bullet wounds, Frank Gusenberg survived the attack but died after arriving at Alexian Brothers Hospital.

After the attack, the uniformed perpetrators marched their plain-clothed accomplices out the front door with their hands raised, just in case anyone was watching. Capone’s hit men piled into the police wagon and drove away. Jack McGurn, careful to keep his whereabouts above suspicion, was delighted at the result. But the job was not a complete success, “Bugs” Moran had lived.

This picture was taken on February evening in North Chicago, seven well-dressed men were found riddled with bullets inside the S.M.C Cartage Co. garage. They had been lined up against a wall, with their backs to their executioners and shot to death. With the exception of Dr. Reinhardt H. Schwimmer these men were mobsters working under the leadership of gangster and bootlegger, “Bugs” Moran. Within a few seconds, while staring at a bare brick wall, these seven men had become a part of Valentine’s Day history: the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre.

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  1. Angelina
    February 13, 2007 at 5:25 pm

    I heard that story from my great grandfather long time ago. He said there was a few deaf witnesses standing by. That was so scary. Interesting story!

  2. JFLMad
    February 13, 2007 at 5:34 pm

    I already visited this site. The building was demolished in 1967; today the location is a landscaped parking lot for a nursing home.

    I live about 10 mins away from that location. And yes I already visited Al Capone’s gravesite where my grandparents were buried there in the same cemetary site. I even took some pictures of his grave stone on the ground.

  3. February 14, 2007 at 4:44 pm

    Angelina, I will ask my dad about it.

    -Fookem

  4. Douglas Ray Kennedy
    March 29, 2007 at 2:07 pm

    Hey guys!

    I’m the author of DEAFIA, the deaf musical comedy. DEAFIA is Chicago’s Deaf People’s story during the mob controlled world – 1920’2 – 1930’s.

    What is the real story behind AL Capone and Deaf people, if any? So far all we have heard are legends (no proof). But if anyone can come up with factual stories on this issue, I will be most grateful.

    Sincerely,

    Ray Kennedy

    Deaf Playwright/Sometimes Poet

    Copyright: DEAFIA; PIRATES OF SPARKLESIGN

    rayk@tmail.com

    Sparklesign@comcast.net

  5. Douglas Ray Kennedy
    March 29, 2007 at 2:08 pm

    Hey guys!

    I’m the author of DEAFIA, the deaf musical comedy. DEAFIA is Chicago’s Deaf People’s story during the mob controlled world – 1920’s – 1930’s.

    What is the real story behind AL Capone and Deaf people, if any? So far all we have heard are legends (no proof). But if anyone can come up with factual stories on this issue, I will be most grateful.

    Sincerely,

    Ray Kennedy

    Deaf Playwright/Sometimes Poet

    Copyright: DEAFIA; PIRATES OF SPARKLESIGN

    rayk@tmail.com

    Sparklesign@comcast.net

  6. March 30, 2007 at 4:41 pm

    Angelina, I recently talked to my dad. He said he never heard the story so guess it was just a rumor.

  7. JAMES HINTON
    June 23, 2007 at 9:29 am

    1948 my dad told me about that story how happen they killed the cops when dad was young he heard about he was about 12 years old in about 1935 your friend james

  8. Russell
    October 1, 2007 at 10:09 pm

    My father told me the story when I was a kid. he said he was driving a “Cain’s” coffee truck past the building when he heard the machine guns shooting but he said “you heard that all the time then” so it was no big deal just get past it and get down try not to get hit. he was 21 years old then, later he told a story of working for the city of River Forest as an ash collector, collecting the ashes from the coal furenices of the time and a man in River Forest would always have the men come into his Basement for a few beers and pretzles and back to work. he said the Basement was a full bar with draft beer and every thing else a bar would have. one time when he was down there he said their was a man at the other end of the bar drinking a beer and it was dark and smokey but he thought the man was Al Capone, but he said when you where in the basement you didn’t ask any questions….just drink a few quick beers and get out! My father was born in 1908 and knew a lot of people in Oak Park and River Forest aeria. thank you! he passed away in 1975

  9. patrick lentze
    October 8, 2007 at 4:38 am

    i think it’s one of the most shocking and fascinating stories in crime history.

  10. Tiger Cosmos
    October 30, 2008 at 1:13 am

    The cover of the sports section featured the Chicago Kennedy’s. Specifically, Evelyn Kennedy, the then great 0lympic fancy diving hopeful and top ranked diving champion.

  11. wolf
    November 19, 2008 at 7:06 pm

    i know that this is a lie!!!!!!! my 2 great uncles worked for al capone. my uncle harold quiggle was inside the ware house waiting for a truck load of booze. my other great uncle was late and was outside when he heard bullits being fired from inside so he got out of there. after about an hour he came back and found his brother and 5 other men died up agenst the wall. that is what HE told ME!!

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