Monday, February 14, 2011
St. Valentine's Massacre and other Violence
This was the gruesome scene in a garage on the northside of Chicago following the Valentine’s Day Massacre of 1929.
Seven members of Bugs Moran’s gang were gunned down. The slaughter was long assumed to be the work of the Brooklyn-born gang leader Al Capone. But Capone was never charged with the crime, and a new book about the arch criminal (Get Capone, 2010) by Jonathan Eig uses never-before-revealed FBI files to make the case that Capone was not behind the massacre. The book points instead to a notorious gunman named William White who was most likely seeking revenge for the Moran gang’s murder of his cousin William Davern. (Read more about Eig's Capone revelations here.
Photo from the Bettmann Archive
Apparently, this wasn't the first violent Valentine's Day on record. According to NPR, the holiday has very dark roots. Read up here on The Dark Origins of Valentine's.
Posted by BklynBeforeNow at 11:48 AM