Tuesday, February 14, 2012

St. Valentine's Day (Massacre)

It ain't all roses, hearts and chocolates.

On February 14th, 1929, 7 men of the "Bugs" Moran Gang were brutally murdered by what is now believed to have been possibly Capone's gang dressed up as cops. Prior to the Massacre, Chicago had been a bit loose with their gangsters, treating them a bit like celebrities who provided jobs and booze in the era of the Volstead Act.

A bizarre but telling detail of the incident:  One victim (with 14 bullets in him) was still alive when found. Asked by the cops who had done the deed, he said "Nobody shot me".

Wikipedia has a phenomenal amount of info on the gruesome crime.


cardboardbelts said...

I always thought it was interesting that this massacre begins the comedy "Some Like It Hot."

The League said...

SPOILER! Actually, I've never seen Some Like it Hot, but I read that as I was going through reading up on the massacre. It seems like I have it set to tape off TMC this week. Maybe that's why they're showing it?

picky said...

I don't know what it says about me that I have always been fascinated with this event. I have watched way too many History Channel presentations about it. Crazy crazy and sad.

cardboardbelts said...

I think you will get a kick out of that movie. It is one of my favorites! Jack Lemmon is hilarious as Daphne.