this day in crime history: february 14, 1929

On this day in 1929, five of gangster Bugs Moran’s men, along with two men unlucky enough to be in the wrong place at the wrong time, were gunned down by men impersonating police officers. The probable sender of this grisly Valentine: Al Capone. I guess Big Al didn’t think flowers and chocolates would do the trick. The killings became known as the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre.

Check out author/crime historian Pat Downey’s interview with Mario Gomes, the man who knows more about Al Capone than anyone. Well, anyone alive, anyway.

Further reading:

Mario Gomes’s My Al Capone Museum: The St. Valentine’s Day Massacre

Mysterynet: The St. Valentine’s Day Massacre With Pictures

Ghosts of the Prairie – Blood, Roses & Valentines: The Haunted History of the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre

Wikipedia – The St. Valentine’s Day Massacre   

Deadly Valentines, by Jeffrey Gusfield

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7 thoughts on “this day in crime history: february 14, 1929

  1. John D.:
    Ahh, yes…it wouldn’t be a REAL Valentine’s Day without digging out those “Chicago typewriters” and knocking down a tale of murder, would it?
    Good call (as always).

    Roll safe out there.

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  2. Thanks for the link!Forgot about my past journalistic endeavors. I wonder if they need a new Charlie Rose while the old Charlie Rose recovers from heart surgery?

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