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A MASSACRE ON VALENTINES DAY

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A MASSACRE ON VALENTINE’S DAY

Расстрел банды Морана

Two of the most powerful groups fought for control of Chicago, the capital of the American mafia in the United States during the Prohibition period. One was headed by Al Capone, the other was led by «Bugs» («Bug») Moran. They met and concluded a kind of settlement agreement, having discussed the borders of «their» territories. Peace persisted for more than a year, but both Capone and Moran were looking for a convenient reason to eliminate a competitor. Somehow taking advantage of the fact that Al Capone drove off to Forida, Moran began intercepting his shipments of illegal alcohol. When Al Capone found out about this, he ordered his men to finish off Moran. Jack Mcgorn, nicknamed «The Automaton», developed a plan that was implemented on Valentine’s Day.

Reproduction of a crime by the Chicago police.

The «Valentine’s Day Massacre» of February 14, 1929 went down in history along with the St. Bartholomew’s Day massacre, although it was much more modest in scale.

On the morning of this day, seven members of the Moran gang, operating in Chicago’s North Side neighborhood, gathered in a car garage on North Clark Street in Chicago. They were waiting for their boss Moran, who was supposed to take a load of alcohol. However, instead of Moran, two men in police uniforms with pistols descended into the garage, who ordered the bandits to «Stand up to the wall!» When they fulfilled the requirement, two men in civilian clothes entered the garage, they pulled Thompson 45-caliber submachine guns from under their coats and opened fire… When the real police arrived at the crime scene, they found six corpses, one dying and seven dozen shell casings from a submachine gun, drowned in pools of blood.

Suspicion of organizing the murder fell on Al Capone, the main competitor of «Bugs» Moran in Chicago for the sale of illegal alcoholic beverages. This suspicion gained indirect evidence when the police managed to identify and arrest one of the participants in the murder of Fred Bark, a gangster from the Al Capone clan. He was tried and sentenced to life imprisonment. But Al Capone’s involvement in the murder could not be proved.

The story of the «Valentine’s Day Massacre» was continued exactly 7 years later.

On February 14, 1936, Jack Mcgorn was found shot to death on an abandoned street in a suburban Chicago neighborhood. The police, who arrived at the murder scene, found a nickel-plated coin pressed into the palm of the «Machine Gun» and a cardboard heart — a «gift» to Mcgorn from the killers as a reminder of the events of seven years ago. And the nickel-plated nickel coin served as Mcgorn’s «business card», he put it in the hands of his victims. Moreover, I must say that the «Automaton» was a real «scumbag». For example, when in 1927 comedian Joe Lewis refused to perform at a club owned by Mcgorn, a bandit brutally beat him and cut his vocal cords. He was also one of the few hitmen who got rich from his murders. Being arrested in 1929, the «Automaton», in order to be released before the trial, deposited a million-dollar hotel as collateral. However, he could not buy his life with money.

Oleg Loginov

*Translated using an electronic dictionary. The original text in Russian and much more on the criminal topic can be selected on the main page of the site — https://crimerecords.info/

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