On This Day — The St. Valentine’s Day Massacre (February 14 1929) [2021]

“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

February 14 2021 — On Valentine’s day in 1929, the streets of Chicago ran with blood as the gangs of Al Capone and Bugs Moran battled to the death. This era had its very own language. Do you know what a “Chicago typewriter” is? And what is a “blond alibi” anyway? Follow us on Twitter: @INTEL_TODAY

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“Capitalism gives all of us a great opportunity if we seize it with both hands and hang on to it.”

Chicago gangster Al Capone

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.

“A smile can get you far, but a smile with a gun can get you further.” Al Capone

The St. Valentine’s Day Massacre

UPDATE (February 14 2020) — In my last post on The Dreyfus Affair,  I wrote that a great story never gets old. And I also suggested that there is always a new way to tell a great story.

This miniature crime scene recreation — built by Carol Rasaphangthong — tells the story of the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre. The amount of effort put into building the scenery is simply astonishing.

[I have long been thinking about building a miniature Ndola crime scene. Dag Hammarskjold Memorial — located ten kilometres along the Ndola/Kitwe road — commemorates the site where the then United Nations Secretary-General died in a suspicious plane crash on September 18, 1961 during the Congo Crisis. This project will be a story for an other day…]

END of UPDATE

“They can’t collect legal taxes from illegal money.” Al Capone

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)

On This Day — The St. Valentine’s Day Massacre (February 14 1929) [2020]

On This Day — The St. Valentine’s Day Massacre (February 14 1929) [2021]

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