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St. Valentines Day Massacre
Transcript of St. Valentines Day Massacre
George "Bugs" Moran Al Capone
North Side Gang Leader
Jailed- 1946 for Robbery
Death- 1957 in Jail
Involved two of the largest gang leaders of Chicago, Al Capone and George "Bugs" Moran
Occurred during "Prohibition Era"
7 of Bugs Moran's gang murdered by 4 members of Capone's gang
February 14th, 1929
Valentine's Day Massacre
Leader of the Torrio Gang
Death- 1947 of heart failure
Capone fights back
Orders for Bugs Gang to be Destroyed
Feb. 14/ 1929
Capone gathers 4 of his men and dresses them up as police officers
Bugs has an bootleg exchange going down at 10:30am in a brick garage at 2122 N. Clark St. on Feb. 14/ 1929
Both want to control the bootlegging trade in Chicago
Gang Fights Insue...
His men go invade the trade and line 7 of Bugs men up against the wall and shoot them execution style
"Nobody, Nobody shot me"
Dr. Herman N. Bundesen
Goddard (firearms specialist)
70, 45-caliber cartridge shells
45 Colt Automatic Pistol or *Thompsom Sub-Machine gun*
2 weapons (2 distinct shell case markings
one shot 50 and the other shot 20
The determined weapons were only distributed from July 1927 to July 1928
Rumors of police corruption gives extra incentive
When questioned Bugs states "Only Capone kills like that"
Alibi: being questioned in Florida about his suspected criminal offenses in Miami
Witness hears the killers say "come on Mac"
Identifies McGurn in photograph
McGurn arrested Feb. 27, 1929
Posts $50,000 bail
... Capone's undercover spy set up the trade
Suspected Members of the Gang who had gone Missing
Fred Burke (Gangster)
James Ray (Murderer/ Thief)
May 7/ 1929
Capone murders 3 suspects by means of beating them with a baseball bat, then shooting them. He left their body's to be found in a car on the side of the road
Jack McGurn (James DeMora): Left on bail at
John Scalis: left on bail
Joseph Guinta: taken in to custody but freed for lack of evidence
Albert Anselmi: left on bail
December 14/ 1929
An unrelated crime committed lead the police back to the home of Fred Burke, giving them access to their home
An arsenal of weapons is found and, after testing, two Thompson guns were found to match the bullets from the St. Valentines Day Massacre
Burk was found the following April in Michigan
Tried for the murder of a police officer in Michigan
Found Guilty/ Life in prison
Never tried for St. Valentines Day Massacre
Charges are dropped after he is refused a trial.
Shot to death by machine gun in 1936 by other gangsters
No Other Arrests
Convicted of tax evasion in 1931
Sentenced to 11 years in prison
Released in 1939
Died in 1947 of Syphilis
(90 min. later he died)