It was , 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.
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.
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)
OOOO, yankydoodleland nevers ceases to amaze me. Bit like England in the 1500's...
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 !
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.
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!