The Saint Valentine's Day Massacre

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The Saint Valentine’s Day Massacre

The Saint Valentines Day Massacre took place on February 14, 1929. Four unknown hitmen disguised as police officers walked into the notorious gangster, Bug Moran’s headquarters on North Clark Street in Chicago, Illinois. The four hitmen impersonating police officers acted like they were raiding Bug Moran’s warehouse where stored illegal liquor during the prohibition era. The hitmen lined Moran’s gang members against the wall in a firing squad execution manner. The hitman pulled out automatic tommy guns from under their coats and pumped lead into each of the seven North Side gang members. According to the police report about 200 bullets were scattered on the floor of the warehouse, making this event one of
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On February 15, 1929 the Coroners of the Chicago Police Department met in a jury and decided to pay the father of ballistics, Calvin Goddard to help assist with the investigation. The100 bullets that were left at the crime scene were the key pieces of evidence. Calvin studied bullet casing after bullet casing from the crime scene to determine what firearm was used and if it was stolen or bought. The other two pieces of evidence were the seven bodies left at the crime scene which were insignificant because of lack of trace evidence examination during the 20s. The other piece of evidence where the eyewitness accounts, which were unable to determine physical characteristics of the men disguised as police officers. After copious amounts of examination of the different types of pistol bullets, machine gun bullets and shotgun bullets he was able to determine where the tommy guns where confiscated. According to the Las Vegas Mob Museum, “… Goddard confirmed that the two tommy guns confiscated from the hoodlum’s house in rural Michigan were used in the…show more content…
With the lack of evidence left behind at the crime scene and the lack of technology in the 20s left the case unsolved. The Chicago Police Department was unable to pin the crime on their top suspect Al Capone. Even though Al Capone had a possible motive to kill the seven men there wasn’t enough evidence. Not only was they’re not enough evidence, Al Capone had a solid alibi stating that he was in Florida at the time the murder took place. The bullets were just not enough to pin Al Capones henchman or himself for the murder. Capone was never tried in court, but in response of the massacre Moran’s North Side gang fell apart while Capone monopolized his businesses in gambling, prostitution and liquor during the prohibition era. There were no more rivals in the way of his business. Capones long time rival was

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