February 14, 2012

Chicago's Bloody Valentine's Day

Jonathan Eig, Chicago Magazine

St. Valentine's Day 1929 began like most other winter mornings in Chicago, with gray skies and stinging cold. A light snow, like confectioner's sugar, powdered the city's sidewalks. Bakers and florists woke early to prepare for the crush of holiday customers. All over the city, children put the finishing touches on cards before leaving for school.


Of course, not everyone was engaged in thoughts of loving kindness. Over at the Cook County Jail, guards prepared for the planned midnight execution of three convicted killers. On LaSalle Street, bankers and stockbrokers nervously watched their stock tickers as trading began in New York. And inside a humdrum garage at 2122 North Clark Street, in a quiet residential neighborhood, an unusually large number of hoodlums gathered...

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TAGGED: Chicago, crime


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