Valentine’s Day Massacre Site
During the 1920's and 1930's the city of
A series of violence beginning with the killing of Big Jim Colosimo, Dion
O’Banion, Johnny Torrio, Angelo Genna, Hymie Weiss and the police killing of
Vincent Druchi catapulted the likes of Capone and Moran to the head of their
respective gangs. While Al had
designs on becoming the top boss, Moran didn’t want any part of it but was
elevated by proxy.
The SMC Cartage Company Garage at
Capone, using a fellow gangster from
Moran and his two other associates, Willie Marks and Teddy Newbury were
running a bit late and seeing what appeared to be a Chicago Police car pull up
to the front of the garage, they ducked into a nearby coffee shop.
Four men climbed out of the sedan, two in plain clothes and two in police
Inside the garage were: Adam Heyer, John May, Albert R. Weinshank, Albert
Kachellek (alias James Clark), brothers Frank and Peter Gusenberg and Reinhart
Schwimmer. They were all top Moran
hoods except Schwimmer who was an optometrist and a self-professed “gangster
The two uniformed hoods entered first and announced that this was a raid
and ordered the seven men to face the wall with their hands over their heads.
Then the two plain-clothes gangsters reached into their topcoats and
extracted two Thompson sub-machine guns and shotguns.
The Moran gang never had a chance and was killed by over seventy
sub-machine rounds and shotgun blasts to the head.
According to gangster tradition, the bullets had traces of garlic to
Their dirty work completed the two plainclothes were lead out by the two
uniformed officers looking much like a bust and arrest had just been made.
Frank Gusenberg was somehow still barely alive.
He was transported to
a small grassy area just to the south of a housing project for the elderly marks
the site. There are five trees like
the five spots on a playing card and where the middle tree is located all the
way to the bushes in the rear of the property is where the north wall once
stood; the wall where those men were
lined up and killed.
In the years since the massacre people have heard sobbing and moaning sounds emanating from the site of the murders. Animals also react strangely to the site. Even the highly trained K-9 Patrol from the Chicago Police Department has been observed barking, snarling and growling at something unseen. Others will aggressively pull away apparently seeing or sensing someone or something their handlers cannot.
Sounds of automatic fire and shotgun blasts have also been reported in
the years since the massacre. A most
unusual story relates to the bricks of the old SMC Cartage Company Garage.
When the garage was pulled down, souvenir hunters descended on the site
and carted away loads of bricks. Some
were still spattered with blood or contained bullet holes.
It seems that those who had quite a number of the original bricks have
met with some form of bad luck. Either
sickness, bankruptcy, divorces or other forms of bad karma.
Maybe some force still lingers in the inanimate bricks?
Could the animals be reacting to something they see or are they simply
sensing the misery, pain and suffering of this most vicious act?
This area shows no sign of going away any time soon.
is a old Super 8mm home video showing the site and the simple chain fence around
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