Friday, February 7, 2020

This day in History - Saint Valentine's Day Massacre

The Saint Valentine's Day Massacre was the 1929 murder of seven members of Chicago's North Side Gang. The men were gathered at a Lincoln Park garage at 2122 North Clark Street, where they were lined up against a wall and shot by four men dressed like police.

Their Italian South Side rivals led by Al Capone were responsible.
The massacre was allegedly planned by Al Capone to eliminate George "Bugs" Moran. Moran narrowly avoided his fate on February 14.

The only survivors were Highball (a dog) and Frank Gusenberg, who died hours later. Many mobsters would be named as part of the Valentine's Day hit team.

The only witness to the St. Valentine's Day Massacre.

Albert Anselmi and John Scalise
Two prime suspects were hit men John Scalise and Albert Anselmi. Both men, and another gangster, would be found dead on a lonely road near Hammond, Indiana on May 8, 1929. At the climax of a dinner party thrown in their honor, Capone produced a baseball bat and beat the trio to death.
By 1935 virtually anyone suspected in the Saint Valentine's Day massacre was dead. Two Thompson submachine guns were found, still in the possession of the Berrien County Sheriff's Department in St. Joseph, Michigan.

The garage at 2122 N. Clark Street was demolished in 1967. The bricks of the north wall were later sold, and many are now owned by the Mob Museum in Las Vegas.