Happy Valentine's Day (Week!)
Even though it's a fake manufactured Hallmark holiday, a piece of history and a dedication to you little lovebirds out there from yours truly, who will be ducking out of her duties this week to spend an extended fake manufactured Hallmark holiday week with her Valentine. See you kids when I get back next week, play nice while Mommy's away eh?
On this day, Feb. 14, 1929, mobsters dressed as police officers entered gangster Bugs Moran's headquarters in Chicago, lined seven of Moran's henchmen against a wall, and gunned them down.
The prime suspect in what became known as the St. Valentine's Day Massacre was Moran rival Al Capone. Moran's North Side gang had hijacked Capone's liquor shipment's and murdered his allies. Capone was in Miami at the time of the St. Valentine's Day killings and no one was ever tried for them.
The cold-blooded carnage left the public outraged and attracted the spotlight of the federal government to Capone and his criminal activities. In 1931, Capone was convicted of income tax evasion and was imprisoned for 11 years.
The site of the warehouse, razed in 1967, continues to draw tourists from around the world.
Well at least it's good for some tourist money. Meanwhile, have a little love song: