-- War in Chicago
1926 -- "A Real Goddamn Crazy Place!"
October 11, 1926
St. Valentine's Day Massacre
Part I: Introduction
Part II: Top Ten Myths
Part III: Ten Questions
(and ten answers)
appears to be about 20 years old in these shots, which would mean the photos were taken in
1918. They have the look of police mugs, but without the police ID numbers across
the chest. Weiss looks contained, with just a hint of a smile on the full front shot.
I like the O'Banion photo because it seems to be a candid shot, possibly
taken by the press in some courtroom. O'Banion, unlike his fellow
Northsiders, has many photos on file.
I have seen only two photos of Morton; this is the most common.
two well-known photos of Drucci: this one (sometimes with a coat and tie
literally drawn in), and a shot of him on a morgue table after he was shot
and killed by the police. Drucci, like Weiss, seems to be in his late teens
Moran did not seem to shy away from the camera-- unlike his fellow
Northsiders, there are about a dozen photos of George
Moran, but only several of the young Moran. Here he seems to be in front of Judge
Lyle, petulant as the windy Lyle rambles on about the evils
of criminal behavior.
This is Al Capone at the height of his reign in Chicago, 1928. In later
films, the look would become a cliche-- but this was
the real deal, as it was happening.
Torrio leaving the hospital to do his Sieben brewery jail time. A
heavy scarf covers the nasty neck and jaw gunshot wounds inflicted by Weiss and Moran.
Frank Nitti, in three piece suit, probably at a court hearing. A thinking
man's gangster whose emotional problems eventually overwhelmed him. In 1932,
Chicago Mayor Tony Cermack's hand-picked police detectives shot Nitti after
being paid off by former Northsider Teddy Newberry. Nitti survived, and
within two months had both Newberry and Cermack murdered.
"Machinegun" Jack McGurn (Vincenzo de Mora). A key player in Capone's