Saturday, February 9, 2013

My Valentine Spirit: The Valentine's Day Massacre

Valentine's Day is just a few days away. We all know I like to be festive. But, as a single J.HistoryGirl, I loathe this holiday beyond compare. For my Valentine's Day there won't be any cupids or candy. Instead, we're going to focus on a topic that resonates more and captures the real Valentine spirit (for single people anyway) : The Valentine's Day Massacre

Picture It:   The Roaring '20s  -  Prohibition  - Chicago  -   American gangsters

It was a cold and quiet morning in Chicago on February 14, 1929. Seven of George "Bugs" Moran's men were in a garage where the Irish gangster conducted his "business."Seemingly out of nowhere, men dressed as police officers entered the garage and announced a raid of the premises. Moran's men were ordered to line up against the wall. They cooperated. Once they complied, the men were fired upon. Over 90 bullets were fired on that morning. As the seven me lay dead or dying the fake police officers drove away in a look alike police car.

No arrests were made for the massacre. The perpetrators are thought to be men who worked for Moran's long time rival, Al Capone. Moran was the last man standing between Capone and his coveted role as crime boss of Chicago. Moran however was unharmed in the attack. He slept in that morning instead of heading into the garage. Capone was across the country at the time of the attack and denied having any connections to the murders.

Happy Valentine's Day {Massacre}

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