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  A Bloody Valentine
by Mr. Ed
Monday, February 13, 2006
Rated "G" by the Author.

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It was a chilly snowy winter’s day


In old Chicago on February 14, 1929


A very cold young boy was twelve years old


As he stood outside waiting for the city bus line


 


Inside an extremely dark gigantic warehouse nearby


Seven men with not a care in the world patiently sat


Waiting for their eager liquor customers to arrive


When the boy heard a very loud ‘Rat A Tat Tat’


 


Soon six of these men now lay very dead


Sprawled on the floor of the old warehouse


The young boy nervously listening to it all


Crouched in a doorway as quiet as a mouse


 


A huge police paddywagon had pulled up


Five men with machineguns had gone inside


The boy knew that this was more than an arrest


The boy knew that he had to find a place to hide


 


A dog in the warehouse began mournfully howling


As the police paddywagon sped off down the street


The hiding boy began running away as fast as he could


The boy kept running until he had huge blisters on his feet


 


This was one St. Valentine’s Day


That was etched inside this boy’s brain


Until the very day that he passed away


The sound of those machineguns would remain


 


 


©2006, Ed Kostro


 


 


 


It was 10:30 AM, February 14, 1929, at the S.M.C. Warehouse Garage located at 2122 North Clark Street, Chicago, Illinois.  And it was supposed to be just another illegal liquor transaction by the mob.


 


Inside the warehouse, seven men belonging to Bugsy Moran’s gang sat waiting for their customers, and for their tardy boss, to arrive.


 


But instead of Bugsy or their liquor customers, several men soon arrived in a Police Paddywagon. Five men quickly got out of the police vehicle, three of them in uniform and two in civilian clothing, and they quickly burst into the building with shouts of, “This is a raid.”


 


These seven men in the old warehouse probably never expected that two of the men dressed as policemen would soon open fire with their .45 caliber Thompson machine guns, and then quickly flee the scene.


 


Almost instantly, six of these men were dead, and one lingered for about an hour before dying. A dog inside the warehouse began howling after the intruders hurriedly left, and when neighbors went to see what was going on, they discovered the gruesome bloody murder scene above.


 


During the subsequent police questioning, Bugsy Moran insisted that “Only Capone kills like that.”  And Al Capone was, indeed, Moran’s rival in the lucrative illegal liquor business in Chicago.


 


But notorious gangster Al Capone had an air-tight alibi; he was at his beach house in Miami, Florida when this massacre took place.


 


And witnesses that morning could only say they saw men who looked like police officers coming and going immediately before and after the sounds of the rapid machinegun fire.


 


No one was ever charged for these seven brutal murders; it was just another bloody day in the history of my hometown. And it was a St. Valentine’s Day that my father never forgot, for the rest of his natural days.


 


My father’s stories of the old days in Chicago also truly sparked my lifelong interest in history.


 


 


 


 


 

  


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Reviewed by neerja gandhi 5/29/2008
oh,very gruelling. neerja
Reviewed by Gopal Prapannabrata 2/13/2008
...poetic story...I can imagine the nervous speed of that boy....so horific situation that is in Valentines day, is explained in poetic style...
Thanks for sharing
Gopal
Reviewed by Joseph Manzo 10/3/2007
Music and all-impressive!
Reviewed by K. Mulroney 2/10/2007
Ya know, I have driven past that warehouse on the way to Wrigley Field and have never stopped just to look. I live 5 min. From The Minola Bay Motel ( just a restruant now, the rooms have been blocked off) Owned by Al Capone. There is alot of history here, thanks for writinf this about a small piece of our history here.
Reviewed by OnepoetGem *the Poetic Rapper 2/14/2006
quite a poetic story Ed, your father sounds like one of my uncles
Reviewed by Tinka Boukes 2/14/2006
Outstanding piece Ed!!

Happy Valetines Day my friend!!

Love Tinky
Reviewed by Sara Coslett 2/13/2006
wow! ed, you really grew up with some amazing stories. ~ Sara
Reviewed by Carole Mathys 2/13/2006
A stunning account Ed, of a true piece of history...you have a unique talent for writing historical events...I so enjoy reading your works...love and peace
Carole
Reviewed by Joyce Hale 2/13/2006
Excellent write, Ed! How exciting to get a first-hand account, albeit of a horrific event, but one still remembered. Thank you.

Peace. Joyce
Reviewed by Kate Burnside 2/13/2006
NNNNNNNNNOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!! Your Dad was that little boy who hid and ran away???????????????????? That is amazin... thank you for bringing this bit of "folklore" to life and rooting it in the reality for me, Ed. It's a shattering tale that was awful then... and is still awful - though perhaps even more widespread, sadly, today. Through Katrina's Eyes arrived within 3 days from Milton Keynes when I had ordered from the US... and paid the air freight... amazin, init... if it was the animals that was gettin the sub, I wouldn't mind... Bless you, Kate xx
Reviewed by Andy Turner (Reader) 2/13/2006
OOOO, yankydoodleland nevers ceases to amaze me. Bit like England in the 1500's...
Reviewed by Kate Clifford 2/13/2006
And we think we live in a violent world today...........

Thanks for this sharing of history.
Reviewed by Only A Poet 2/13/2006
really like the uniqueness of this write and the way the details made it come alive. good job on this page of history write Ed, even down to the music "Gansta's Ball"
Reviewed by Peter Paton 2/13/2006
You keep us informed and refreshed of pivotal events and happenings in past history Ed, which is important, as we must never forget the lessons from afore !
Complete with stark and gruesome pic, which transmits the horror of this St Valentine's Day Massacre !
Peter
Reviewed by George Carroll 2/13/2006
I was onlty going on five years old when that happened and since my father was in the speak easy business I heard him talking about it at supper, As I grew up I saw several motion pictures that they made about this horrific crime.
Those were bloody days in Chicago and New York as rival gangs killed each other with impunity to protect their territory. Dutch Schultz , a notorious gangster in the Bronx, N.Y.used to stop by my fathers speak easy and said at one time that my father made the best gin he had tasted. That was in the early thirties.
Reviewed by Nordette Adams 2/13/2006
Yes. We forget this from time to time. Your history writes are always cool, Ed. ~~Nordette
Reviewed by E T Waldron 2/13/2006
The minute I saw the title, knowing you're in Chicago, I knew it would be the valentine day massacres. I remember seeing this on TV, can't remember what series it was. Great write Ed as you do so well! I see a lot of that city in your writing, along with a father who shared its history with you. Thanks for sharing!

Love,
Tiger Lily
Reviewed by Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado 2/13/2006
A gruesome peek into history's past; thanks for the lesson today, Ed! Very well done!

(((HUGS))) and much love, your friend in Tx., Karen Lynn. :(
Reviewed by Ed Matlack 2/13/2006
As always an interesting history lesson...Ed
Reviewed by Aberjhani 2/13/2006
A very vivid and somewhat shocking poem, all the moreso because it was based on actual events. Extraordinary write.
Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner 2/13/2006
Ed,

Compelling verse; knowledge of history; and heartbreaking pic combine to make an excellent write. Well done, my friend!

(((HUGS))) and love, Karla.
Reviewed by Birgit and Roger Pratcher 2/13/2006
A stunning write on a historical event. Very compelling,
Birgit and Roger

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