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most infamous mob hit, which would come to be known as the St Valentine’s Day Massacre.
The hit had been carefully planned and executed by notorious mobster Capone, to eliminate a rival gang boss, George “Bugs” Moran.
Bugs was a bootlegger and rival of Capone’s, who distributed his illegal liquor from a warehouse on Chicago’s North Side.
Though no one was ever convicted of the crime, the consensus is that Capone orchestrated it to simply get Bugs out of his way.
Moran had been working on procuring a shipment of stolen Canadian whiskey, an enterprise which Capone was already heavily invested in. THIS month marks the 90th anniversary of history’s most famous mob hit – the St Valentine’s Day massacre.
Seven men were gunned down in broad daylight after being lured to a garage in Chicago’s North Side expecting to take part in a bootlegging deal.
Instead, they were found lying on the garage’s blood-soaked floor side by side, victims of a ruthless battle between two gangs.
Legendary gangster Al Capone has always been assumed to have been behind the slaughter of seven rivals, but to this day no one has ever actually claimed responsibility.
Those who believe Capone orchestrated the murders point out that the two mob bosses had had plenty of run-ins in the past over territory disputes and Bugs’ determination to take over Capone’s suppliers.
The theory is that Capone lured Bugs to a warehouse, under the guise of readying a car to drive to Canada, and hit his rival before he knew what happened.
Around 10.30am on that February day, four men raided Bugs’ Lincoln Park warehouse.
Two were dressed as police officers and armed with CAGED: Capone was held in the infamous Alcatraz maximum security prison submachine guns, the other two wore suits, ties, overcoats and hats.
Inside the warehouse were five of Bugs’ men, along with two car mechanics.
The last to arrive was Albert Weinshank, whose arrival signalled to the armed men to carry out the raid.
As Weinshank exited his Cadillac on the street and made his way into the warehouse, he was accosted by two police officers, who forced him inside.
Believing he and his fellow gangsters were being arrested, they lined up against the wall, their backs to the police, all remaining silent so as not to out their boss.
As soon as the men were in line, the police officers signalled to the two plainclothes men waiting outside, armed with the submachine guns.
Before Bugs’ men knew what hit them, the armed men opened fire, emptying an entire 20-round box magazine and a 50-round drum into the men.
They continued shooting even after all seven men had hit the floor.
The men dressed as officers then escorted the assassins out of the building, under the guise of arresting them.
They then fled the scene, remaining unidentified to this day.
All seven of Bugs’ men