One Deadly Valentine's Day Long Long Ago

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Home Inspector with King of the House Home Inspection, Inc. Home Inspector Lic #207
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Valentines day is coming up. Since it falls on the weekend, I am sending this post up today, when more Active Rain members are out prancing and dancing in the rain.

Most of us, when we think of Valentine's Day, think of a day that includes candy, flowers, romance and love. Fact is, exactly 80 years ago this Valentine's Day, history records one of the most famous Valentine's Day incidents ever. And it had little to do with love, other than maybe the love of money and power.

Let us go back in time. In the flapper era of the 1920's, when prohibition was king in America, there was a gangland city known as Chicago.  

Gangsters and bootleggers tried to control the illegal booze trade, cops and revenuers tried to intercept the booze and pour it down the drain.

That was daily life in Chicago and the backdrop for the story that will soon unfold.

On Valentines Day 1929, seven men were gunned-down at a warehouse in Chicago. They were riddled with bullets, their bodies left crumpled and contorted at the base of a red brick wall.

 According to Chicago police, the killers were wearing police uniforms. The shooters, of course, were not cops. This was the golden era of the mob and it was mobsters (with a single exception) who died that day and other mobsters who did the shooting that day.

The men, who were shot in cold blood on that snowy Valentine's Day, were members of Chicago's Bugs Moran gang. 

Moran was  setup. The shooters knew that he was greedy. Bugs and his men were lured to the warehouse by a bootlegger who promised a killer deal on illegal hooch. Moran, because of good luck, missed his own demise by a whisker. As Bugs arrived at the rendevous point, he spotted what he thought were cops. Bugs figured there was going to be a bust by Chicago's finest so he high-tailed it out of there. His lackies were left behind to face the music.

Nobody was ever arrested for the Saint Valentine's Day killings. Police could never prove who was behind the executions. But everyone knew, and historians accept, that it was the work of a rival gang. We are not talking just any gang here. That gang was run by the most famous  Godfather  this country has ever produced -- Al Capone.

Capone had an alibi at the time of the shootings. He was in Florida. However, he and his top cronies (photo below) were the only underworld figures motivated enough, cruel enough and clever enough to pull off this heinous crime. You can tell, looking at this famous photo of Capone and his henchmen, that these were sneaky, no-nonsense and heartless individuals who would stop at nothing to get their way. (Click on the photo to hear Al speak).

the gangster's top aid Choke cherry-seed Walenda to the right

This famous event has turned into American legend. When I was a kid, old enough to know of gangsters and Elliot Ness and The Untouchables, I read about the massacre. Over the years, there have been TV shows and movies about this bloodbath. Some of the films stick to the story. For action, authenticity and a strong dose of 1920's atmosphere mixed with grim reality, I recommend the biographical movie below. (Click on the DVD cover to hear some of the most crisp, realistic and effective movie dialog ever captured on film.)

That is your All-American Valentine's Day history lesson packed in a nutshell. I hope you enjoyed it.

Steven L. Smith

Bellingham WA Home Inspections

 

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Thank you for a refreshingly unusual blog.

Feb 12, 2009 01:32 AM #1
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Steven L. Smith
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Karen,

Glad you found it unusual.

Feb 12, 2009 01:51 AM #2
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Roy A. Peterson
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Clapping Hands

 What the ladies at top did not know is the men needed the liquor just to kiss them.

                                                              ~ LIfe is Good

 

                                                                                             

Feb 12, 2009 02:26 AM #3
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Steven L. Smith
King of the House Home Inspection, Inc. - Bellingham, WA
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Roy,

You are reading quite a lot into that photo....but what you are reading into it is funny.

Feb 12, 2009 02:32 AM #4
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Jon Wnoroski
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Steven - I'm still laughing over the first photo.  I tend to agree with Roy.  I'm not sure that photo would inspire many of that time period to give up drinking; in fact, it may just cause more!  lol

Feb 12, 2009 05:31 AM #5
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Steven L. Smith
King of the House Home Inspection, Inc. - Bellingham, WA
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Jon,

That is not suppossed to be the funny part of my blog. Drat! Reality crashes the blog.

Feb 12, 2009 05:37 AM #6
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David Phelps
The Roofing Company, Inc. - Portsmouth, VA

In reference to the first photo, pass me a bottle.

I never knew Nutsy was one of Capone's Cronies

Feb 12, 2009 09:45 AM #7
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Steven L. Smith
King of the House Home Inspection, Inc. - Bellingham, WA
Bellingham WA Home Inspector

David,

Nutsy is too young. That goes back the 20's. That is his great grandfather, Choke-cherry Wallenda. He was, probably, the mastermind of the whole thing for Capone, who was a figurehead.

Feb 12, 2009 10:00 AM #8
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Barbara S. Duncan
RE/MAX Advantage - Searcy, AR
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Steve, you're always good for a laugh.....a good loud laugh.  This blog had good history but lots of humor!  You're getting really good at that squirrel lauguage!! 

Feb 12, 2009 01:09 PM #9
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Steven L. Smith
King of the House Home Inspection, Inc. - Bellingham, WA
Bellingham WA Home Inspector

Barbara,

Being a proud Italian boy, I am surprised that James Q has not been in here to trash Nutsy. I think that Charlie, and even James, are starting to realize that they just cannot compete with Nutsy's intellect and personality. Heck, when is the last time either one of them had a lead role in a major film. I, also, doubt that James's grandpa sat to the left of Al Capone. That was Nutsy's grandpa, one of a few, Choke-Cherry Seed.

Feb 12, 2009 03:41 PM #10
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Jay Markanich
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC - Bristow, VA
Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia

Steven - that first photo is enough to drive ME to drink...  and I don't!

Feb 12, 2009 09:38 PM #11
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Steven L. Smith
King of the House Home Inspection, Inc. - Bellingham, WA
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Jay,

Pucker up, I found you some gals that look just like that. Those kinds of gals usually have to be found in a kissing booth.

Feb 13, 2009 12:58 AM #12
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James Quarello
JRV Home Inspection Services, LLC - Wallingford, CT
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Steven, James Bond and now Nutsy "The Squirrel" Wallenda. Your assistant leads quite the fantasy life. There's not much competition when it comes to his intellect and personality. I've known cabbages with more brains and charisma.

Feb 13, 2009 05:16 AM #13
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Steven L. Smith
King of the House Home Inspection, Inc. - Bellingham, WA
Bellingham WA Home Inspector

Mr James,

So using deductive reasoning, does this mean that you admit to discussing world affairs with heads of cabbage? I should have known that you could not keep your Sicilian nose out of this one.

Nutsy Wallenda

Feb 13, 2009 05:23 AM #14
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Steven L. Smith
King of the House Home Inspection, Inc. - Bellingham, WA
Bellingham WA Home Inspector

James,

I agree that Nutsy's fame and fortune is the stuff of dreams and fantasy. The thing is, I do not bring him down to earth because I really like the checks that keep rolling in.

Feb 13, 2009 05:24 AM #15
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Terry Chenier
Homelife Glenayre Realty - Mission, BC

Damn! I was going to do a blog on this and you beat me; well done!

Feb 13, 2009 06:21 PM #16
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