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St. Valentine's Day Massacre

On February 14, 1929, seven members of Bugs Moran's gang and an ophthalmologist who happened to be in the wrong place were lined up against a wall in the garage of the S-M-C Cartage Company in Chicago and shot by five members of Al Capone's gang, who were dressed like policemen. When one of the dying men, Frank Gusenberg, was asked who shot him, he replied, "Nobody shot me." Capone was conveniently on vacation in Florida at the time.

When the garage, which stood at 2122 N. Clark Street, was demolished in 1967, the wall was sold and shipped brick by brick to George Patey, a Canadian businessman who recreated the wall in the men's restroom of a bar with a Roaring 20s theme. After the bar closed, Patey began trying to sell the bricks as souvenirs.



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