this day in crime history: november 10, 1924

On this date in 1924, Chicago North Side gang boss Dean O’Banion was shot and killed in the back of the Schofield flower shop (pictured above), which served as his headquarters. Apparently the Chicago Outfit, which ran the South Side, decided it didn’t like the competition. They sent some of the boys to visit O’Banion in his shop. They gunned him down as he was working on a floral arrangement for mob luminary Mike Merlo’s funeral. The hit touched off a gang war between the two factions that would last five years, and would come to an end in the wake of the 1929 St. Valentine’s Day Massacre.

My Al Capone Museum – Dean Charles O’Banion

Wikipedia – Dean O’Banion

Graveyards of Chicago – Dion “Deany” O’Banion


5 thoughts on “this day in crime history: november 10, 1924

  1. There are supposedly bullet marks on Holy Name Cathedral, across the street, from this hit. I also heard that they’re from a later hit, on one of the Genna brothers, that happened on the same block.
    What other town, outside of Europe, can boast of bullet holes in its cathedral?


  2. On Mario Gomes’ Al Capone site, I believe he mentions the bullet damage at Holy Name Cathedral coming from the killing of Hymie Weiss. Weiss tried to avenge O’Banion’s by killing Capone, but in the end Capone got the last word.


    • You’re right , it was Hymie Weiss, not a Genna brother (although the holes have also been blamed on the Deenie hit). The Genna hit was at the other end of the Loop. (Damn CRS is turning into CRAFT!) But my main point still stands: What other American city has bullet holes in its most famous house of worship?


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