Bucks for Booze Turns Deadly

Thursday, bloody Thursday.

It was on a cold Chicago morning 90 years ago today when four men – two of them dressed as police officers – burst into a brick garage on the North Side and told the seven men inside 2122 North Clark Street to line up against the wall.

Ninety bullets later, all seven were dead or dying and the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre was complete.

Five victims of the Saint Valentine’s Day Massacre in Chicago, 14th February 1929. Five members of gangster Bugs Moran’s gang were shot dead at the orders of Al Capone, in a garage on Chicago’s North Side. (Photo by FPG/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
What led up to the infamous mob shooting? Here’s how how it all went down on that fateful Valentine’s Day nine decades ago.

In early 1929, Prohibition was going strong in the United States rival gangs in Chicago were at war over control of the city’s bootlegging industry as well as the gambling and prostitution side businesses.

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