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Valentine's Day Massacre

Gangster Empire - Rise of the Mob: Chicago and the rise of Al Capone

Witness the real story behind the rise of Al Capone and the city of Chicago and discover why the roaring twenties played the crucial role as the heart and soul of gangster life.

Al Capone

Al Capone, like many of his associates, rose from the ranks of poor street thug to the upper level of Chicago's underworld. As one of the nation's most powerful mobsters, he seemed untouchable.

An Account of the St. Valentine's Day Massacre

Early reporting from The New York Times, stated that this crime was not a "random act of violence", but rather a well thought out plan to weaken a rival gang. The printing of the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre story in the Times immediately after it occurred shows the impact the event had on editors, readers, and the culture at large.

New Evidence of Police Uniforms on Gang Killers

Four days after the slaying, Capone is quoted in the Post-Dispatch as saying, "That fellow Moran isn't called 'Bugs' for nothing. He's crazy if he thinks I had anything to do with that killing." Capone was in Miami at the time.

St. Valentine's Day Massacre

In 1935, known Capone associate, Bryan Bolton relayed to the FBI, his involvement in the Massacre. Read through the nearly 20 years of FBI files related to his confession and decide the truth for yourself.