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Posted: 2/13/2006 7:56:05 PM EDT



For a city that is so filled with the history of crime, there has been little preservation of the landmarks that were once so important to the legend of the mob in Chicago. Gone are the landmarks like the Lexington Hotel, where Al Capone kept the fifth floor suite and used the place as his headquarters. But most tragic, at least to crime buffs, was the destruction of the warehouse that was located at 2122 North Clark Street. It was here, on Valentine's Day 1929, that the most spectacular mob hit in gangland history took place..... the St. Valentine's Day Massacre.

The building was called the S-M-C Cartage Company and was a red, brick structure on Clark Street. The events that led to the massacre began on the morning of the 14th. A group of men had gathered at the warehouse that morning, set up by a Detroit gangster who told Moran that a truck was on its way to Chicago.
One of them was Johnny May, an ex-safecracker who had been hired by George "Bugs" Moran as an auto mechanic. He was working on a truck that morning, with his dog tied to the bumper, while six other men waited for the truck of hijacked whiskey to arrive. The men were Frank and Pete Gusenberg, who were supposed to meet Moran and pick up two empty trucks to drive to Detroit and pick up smuggled Canadian whiskey; James Clark, Moran's brother-in-law; Adam Heyer; Al Weinshank; and Reinhardt Schwimmer, a young optometrist who had befriended Moran and hung around the liquor warehouse just for the thrill of rubbing shoulders with gangsters.
Bugs Moran was already late for the morning meeting. He was due to arrive at 10:30 but didn't even leave for the rendezvous, in the company of Willie Marks and Ted Newberry, until several minutes after that.

While the seven men waited inside of the warehouse, they had no idea that a police car had pulled up outside, or that Moran had spotted the car and had quickly taken cover. Five men got out of the police car, three of them in uniforms and two in civilian clothing. They entered the building and a few moments later, the clatter of machine gun fire broke the stillness of the snowy morning. Soon after, five figures emerged and they drove away. May's dog, inside of the warehouse, was barking and howling and when neighbors went to check and see what was going on... they discovered a bloody murder scene.

Moran's men had been lined up against the rear wall of the garage and had been sprayed with machine-guns. They killed all seven of them but had missed Bugs Moran. He had figured the arrival of the police car to be some sort of shakedown and had hung back. When the machine gunning started, he, Marks and Newberry had fled. The murders broke the power of the North Side gang and Moran correctly blamed Al Capone. No one will probably ever know who the actual shooters were, but one of them was probably Machine Gun McGurn, one of Capone's most trusted men.

Surprisingly, while Moran quickly targeted Capone as ordering the hit, the authorities were baffled. Capone had been in Florida at the time of the massacre and when hearing the news, he stated, "the only man who kills like that is Bugs Moran". At the same time, Moran was proclaiming that "only Capone kills guys like that".
Moran was right.... Capone had been behind the killing and this was perhaps the act that finally began the decline of Capone's criminal empire. He had just gone too far and the authorities, and even Capone's adoring public, were ready to put an end to the bootleg wars.

Chicago, in its own style, memorialized the warehouse on Clark Street. The place became a tourist attraction and the newspapers even printed the photos of the corpses upside-down so that readers would not have to turn their papers around to identify the bodies.
In 1949, the front portion of the S-M-G Garage was turned into an antique furniture storage business by a couple who had no idea of the building's bloody past. They soon found that the place was visited much more by tourists and curiosity-seekers than by customers and eventually closed the business.
In 1967, the building was demolished. However, the bricks from the bullet-marked rear wall were purchased and saved by a Canadian businessman. In 1972, he opened a night club with a Roaring 20's theme and rebuilt the wall, for some strange reason, in the men's restroom. Three nights each week, women were allowed to peek inside at this macabre attraction.

The club continued to operate for a few years and when it closed the owner placed the 417 bricks into storage. He then offered them for sale with a written account of the massacre. He sold the bricks for $1000 each, but soon found that he was getting back as many as he sold. It seemed that anyone who bought one of the bricks was suddenly stricken with bad luck in the form of illness, financial ruin, divorce and even death.
According to the stories, the bricks themselves had somehow been infested with the powerful negative energy of the massacre!
Whatever became of the rest of the bricks is unknown..........
Or that's what the legend says....

According to a Canadian man named Guy Whitford, things may not be just as the legend has them. In fact, he writes "you were correct when you wrote about the bricks being offered for sale in the 1970's, but the fact is, although he had many offers, George never sold a single brick."
You see, Whitford claims to be a friend of the Canadian businessman, George Patey, who originally bought the back wall of the warehouse many years ago... and he is also the man who is now tracking down a buyer for the authenticated wall of 414 bullet-marked bricks.
"He always had a problem with breaking up the wall, until now", Whitford continued. "The last substantial offer for the entire wall was made by a Las Vegas casino about a decade ago, but George quaffed at the offer..... so that "bad luck to those who bought one" concept must be a rumor or a journalistic embellishment".
The two men are still trying to sell the wall, which comes with a diagram that explains how to restore the wall to its original form. The bricks are even numbered for reassembly. The bricks have been on the market now for nearly three decades, but so far, they have had no luck in selling them..... I wonder why? Click here for more information! about the current sale of the bricks.

In recent years, other bricks have emerged that claim to have come from the wall. These were not bricks purchased from Patey but were smuggled out of the lot by construction workers and curiosity-seekers. It was said that from these bricks come the legends of misfortune and bad luck. Are these bricks authentic? The owners say they are... but you'll have to judge for yourself!

Whatever the legend of the bricks themselves and whether or not they have somehow been "haunted" by what happened, there is little doubt about the site on Clark Street itself. Even today, people walking along the street at night have reported the sounds of screams and machine guns as they pass the site. The building is long gone but the area is marked as a fenced-off lawn that belongs to the nearby nursing home. Five trees are scattered along the place in a line and the one in the middle marks the location where the rear wall once stood.
Passerby often report these strange sounds and the indescribable feeling of fear as they walk past. Those who are accompanied by dogs report their share of strangeness too.... Animals appear to be especially bothered by this piece of lawn, sometimes barking and howling, sometimes whining in fear. Their sense of what happened here many years ago seems to be much greater than our own.

The garage was located at 2122 North Clark Street and the area is now marked by a fenced lawn and five trees. The center tree marks the area where Bugs Moran's men met their deaths.

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Link Posted: 2/13/2006 8:02:03 PM EDT
And that's why the perfect Vanlentine's gift is still a.....Thompson
Link Posted: 2/13/2006 8:10:00 PM EDT

Originally Posted By StonerStudent:
And that's why the perfect Vanlentine's gift is still a.....Thompson



Several wasent it ?
Link Posted: 2/13/2006 8:14:36 PM EDT

Originally Posted By StonerStudent:
And that's why the perfect Vanlentine's gift is still a.....Thompson


"...Taahhhhhmmy gun, you ain't happy, 'til you got one....."-the Clash
Link Posted: 2/13/2006 8:15:58 PM EDT
Think I will take the pup for a stroll by there tomorrow evening.
Link Posted: 2/13/2006 8:16:47 PM EDT
It's a good day to die...
Link Posted: 2/13/2006 8:17:14 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 2/13/2006 8:48:34 PM EDT by StonerStudent]

Originally Posted By Tanam:

Originally Posted By StonerStudent:
And that's why the perfect Vanlentine's gift is still a.....Thompson



Several wasent it ?



General Thompson figured that two where used....one with a 50 rd L drum and a 20rd stick mag. There where 70 rds fired and recovered and it's not likely that the shooters would have stopped till they where empty.....plus one shotgun.
Link Posted: 2/13/2006 8:27:07 PM EDT
I wouldn't think that there were too many "complete" bricks left after that shooting.
Link Posted: 2/13/2006 8:38:41 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Not_so_Clever:
Think I will take the pup for a stroll by there tomorrow evening.



Go by my old house at 8726 South Carpenter St..

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Link Posted: 2/13/2006 8:40:41 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Colt_SBR:

Originally Posted By Not_so_Clever:
Think I will take the pup for a stroll by there tomorrow evening.



Go by my old house at 8726 South Carpenter St..

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I don't have any plates for the pup.
Link Posted: 2/13/2006 8:53:00 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 2/13/2006 8:54:15 PM EDT by StonerStudent]

Originally Posted By Frankenpez:
I wouldn't think that there were too many "complete" bricks left after that shooting.




Surprisingly one of the victims actually dragged himself out of the garage and lived for a few hours after taking 8 .45 slugs from about 15 feet away.
Link Posted: 2/14/2006 3:58:46 AM EDT
True story:

The local gunstore I used to frequent was run by a good fellow who got called up not long after 9/11.

One year at valentine's day he decided to have a little fun. He posted a sign that said:

St. Valentine's Day Celebration!

.45 ACP 2 dollars off!

I saw it driving by and laughed myself fuzzy.

The sign was actually on the internet somewhere, but I can't find it....
Link Posted: 2/14/2006 3:11:38 PM EDT

Originally Posted By StonerStudent:

Originally Posted By Frankenpez:
I wouldn't think that there were too many "complete" bricks left after that shooting.




Surprisingly one of the victims actually dragged himself out of the garage and lived for a few hours after taking 8 .45 slugs from about 15 feet away.




Only because they weren't fired out of a 1911.
Link Posted: 2/14/2006 3:22:40 PM EDT
This afternoon i walked by where the S-M-C building was -( it is no longer there) it was a nice day weatherwise ( for Chicago) -- i heard that the 2 thompsons used in the killings fired 70 rounds , and out of the 70- 67 - hit victims .--- thank U gangstas for the 1934 G.C.A.
Link Posted: 2/14/2006 5:54:46 PM EDT
I wish I owned a Tommy gun.

If I did I would also buy a suit, and make it a tradition to go fire off the Tommy Gun on Valentine's Day.
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