The Legacy of Jack McGurn:
THE ST. VALENTINE'S DAY MASSACRE
and a few more...
CLEANUP IN AISLE ONE!
2122 North Clark Street, Chicago, Illinois, February 14, 1929, approximately. 10:30 a.m.
It is 14 degrees outside; the bodies didn't stop steaming for at least twenty minutes. Or, perhaps that white mist was their shocked souls, trying to rise above their blood-soaked winter suits.
Jack McGurn planned it like his other assassinations, including that of Hymie Weiss and the future shooting of Joey Aiello. His strategies were based on thousand year old Sicilian ambush techniques. There was reconnaissance, preparation, and certain death. His targets were other killers who challenged Al Capone's business or health.
This was the beginning of the end for the Beer Wars of Prohibition and an opening salvo in the new battle for the labor unions. With Prohibition doomed, the Capone and Moran Outfits saw the new big racket in the multitudes of labor unions and the American worker. Capone's first mentor in Brooklyn, Frankie Yale (Uale), was subjugating trade unions in the post World War One era. This old idea was the new idea for organized crime to replace the lost riches after Prohibition disappeared.
The Saint Valentine's Day Massacre was a criminal earthquake, but there's still a lot more to it than meets the eye, with many more questions than answers.
Who killed William McSwiggin on April 27, 1926...
...or Hymie Weiss and Paddy Murray on October 11, 1926...
...and "Dutch" Carpenter on New Year's Eve, 1928?
Suspected murders by Jack McGurn (and accomplices) from 1926 to 1928, from the files of the Chicago Police Department and Coroner Herman Bundesen. There were more to come, including Saint Valentine's Day, 1929, and several additional killings in the 1930's:
1. Orazio “The Scourge” Tropea, 2/15/26
2. Vito Bascone, 2/21/26
3. Edward “The Eagle” Baldelli, 2/24/26 (with the help of Johnny Armando)
4. Joe Calebrese (John Scalise and Joe “Hop toad” Guinta also suspected), 3/6/26
5. Joseph Staglia, and 6. Jeffrey Marks (“Klondike” O’Donnell also suspected), 3/17/26
7. William McSwiggin, and 8. James Doherty, and 9. Thomas Duffy (Also suspected are Al Capone and Louis “Little New York” Campagna), 4/27/26
10. Jules Portugese, 7/14/26
11. Louis “Big” Smith, 8/10/26
12. Theodore “The Greek” Anton, 1/6/27
13. Anthony Torchio, (John Scalise also suspected), 1/6/27
14. Frank “Dutch” Carpenter, ( Johnny Armando also suspected), 1/1/28
15. Isadore “N*gger” Goldberg, 2/17/28
16. William Davern, 12/30/28
McGurn himself takes a turn on the spot on February 15, 1936. He flew too close to Frank Nitti's flame.