On This Day — The St. Valentine’s Day Massacre (February 14 1929)

“Since February 14, 1929, when seven men were gunned down inside a Clark Street garage, the mastermind behind the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre has remained a mystery, though suspicions usually point to Al Capone. Now a new biographer has uncovered fresh information implicating a different suspect—a forgotten Chicago felon with a simple and timeless motive: revenge.”

Jonathan Eig — Chicago Magazine (April 2000)

“All I ever did was sell beer and whiskey to our best people. All I ever did was supply a demand that was pretty popular. Why, the very guys that make my trade good are the ones that yell the loudest about me. Some of the leading judges use the stuff.”

Chicago gangster Al Capone

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The Saint Valentine’s Day Massacre is the name given to the 1929 Valentine’s Day murder of seven members and associates of Chicago’s North Side Gang.

The men were gathered at a Lincoln Park garage on the morning of Valentine’s Day, where they were made to line up against a wall and shot by four unknown assailants.

The incident resulted from the struggle between the Irish North Siders and their Italian South Side rivals, led by Al Capone, to control organized crime in the city during Prohibition.

Though the perpetrators have not been conclusively identified, former members of the Egan’s Rats gang, working for Capone, are suspected of a significant role as are members of the Chicago Police Department who are said to have had personal revenge as their motive following the killing of a police officer’s son.

The St. Valentine’s Day Massacre

This feature-length film is a riveting chronicle of the bloodiest day in the history of organized crime in America, and the end of Capone’s stranglehold on the Windy City.

REFERENCES

Saint Valentine’s Day Massacre — Wikipedia

The St. Valentine’s Day Massacre and Al Capone (Excerpt from Get Capone) by Jonathan Eig — Chicago Magazine (April 2000)

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On This Day — The St. Valentine’s Day Massacre (February 14 1929)

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