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George “Bugs“ Moran
Transcript of George “Bugs“ Moran
George Moran, commonly known as Bugs Moran, was a gangster in the prohibition era. He was born in St. Paul, Minnesota. He moved to Chicago at the age of 19, where he connected with several gangsters. He loved the criminal world so much he was incarcerated three times by the age of 21. (Wiki para 1)
In the 1920s, Moran became the boss of the North Side Irish Gang. They ran a successful bootlegging outfit. Not to long after the North Side Gang began, they gained enemies with Al Capone and Johnny Torrio. Because Torrio only used violence when it was crucial, they had an agreement with one other gangster, Dean O’Banion (Moran's mentor), to keep to themselves. But the agreement did not last long. Moran and O’Banion despised Capone, who they often referred to as “Scarface.” Capone had the large knife scar on his face that was sensitive about; so sensitive he was known to kill people who used the name in front of him. Capone had O’Banion killed for that reason. After that Moran promised avenge his murder.
St. Valentine's Day Massacre
In 1929, after Capone and his crew located Moran’s garage (which was his headquarters for bootlegging), he had a plan on how they were going to kill him and his gang. Capone instructed a local man who hijacked alcohol to connect with Moran and meet up with him February 14th at 10:30am. Lookouts for Capone saw Moran and his gang entering the garage. Capone had a stolen police car with his gunmen, dressed in police uniform. As the men parked the car and began to rush into the garage, Moran was actually just getting to the garage and when he saw the police car parked outside so he left right away; unaware that he just saved his own life. Capone’s lookout men had mistaken Moran for one of his gang members. Capone open fired on the rest of Moran’s gang with machine guns. Killing seven of his men.
After Prohibition was repealed, Moran and his gang’s profits began to decline, so he got out of the illegal business and left Chicago. Shortly after Moran was the suspected killer of Jack McGurn (machine gun Jack) because his body was left with a Valentines Day card and inside of it was a rhyming poem; Moran and O’Banion were known for playing pranks and jokes on people and it was assumed to be payback for the St Valentine’s Day Massacre. Later, Moran went to jail several times for things such as mail fraud and robbery. He soon was sent to jail for ten years on a bank fraud charge. While in prison he died of lung cancer and was buried in the prison cemetery.
After O’Banion’s death, Moran and his gang began to hijack Capone’s illegal shipments of alcohol and sell it for them to make profit. This incident lead to a battle between the men. Moran tried to kill Capone and Torrio while they were in a restaurant. Capone escaped with no injuries, but Torrio was shot five times. Although he lived, he decided to retire from the gangster life and let Capone take over for him.
George "Bugs" Moran
- George was born as Adelard Cunin but later in life created the new persona of George Bugs Moran (Rose Keefe para 2 2009)
-He used many aliases to conceal his real name. (Keefe para 7)
- His criminal career began with horse thieving, burglary and larceny.
-Just like Al Capone Moran sported severe scars on his neck from a knife fight.
- George Moran was a violent and unstable man who got the nickname "Bugs" because everyone thought he was nuts or "buggy". ( Marilyn Bardsley 2012)
- He is also credited with "innovating" the act of driving by a rival's hangout and spraying it with gunfire, a legacy which lasts to this day.
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