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

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

  1. John D.:
    The thought of being gunned down in your flower shop (HQ) front) while having floral arrangements made for another mobster) has that wonderful touch of IRONY attached to it.

    Good story.

    Stay safe out there.


    • Strangely enough, it was Merlo that was keeping peace between the two factions. Once he was gone, it was on like Donkey Kong. The Outfit couldn’t even wait until Merlo was buried before they struck.


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