To What Extent Was Al Capone And The Saint Valentine's Day Massacre

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Source based essay Research Question: To what extent was Al Capone’s reputation damaged by his involvement in the Saint Valentine’s Day Massacre in 1929? The Saint Valentine’s Day Massacre was given its name because of the date which it happened: 14 February 1929, on Valentine’s day. On this day Al Capone had hired men to go to Moran’s hide-out and shoot him dead, however Moran was not there that day and Capone’s men ended up brutally killing 7 of Moran’s men, resulting in a large outcry. Source 1 is an image of Al Capone’s criminal record which depicts Capone as more of a criminal and not just an infamous gangster, amongst many other crimes he committed, murder was one of which he was convicted of. To be publically known as a murderer massively taints one’s reputation. Source 2 shows the effect this massacre had on Chicago and this effect is to the extent which it not only lands up in the newspapers, but on the cover of one too. Based on the publicity which this massacre was awarded, it can be assumed that the master mind behind it all, Capone, received just as much, if not more publicity than the massacre did. With this being said, publicity is not always a good thing. To a certain extent Al Capone could have been described and a brutal and ruthless man. This is suggested by source 3 as it shows George Moran’s men help at gunpoint by Capone’s men on the day of the Valentine’s Day Massacre. This source shows Capone’s brutality as Moran’s men are depicted in a vulnerable

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