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Matthias Moritz

Community Manager , Hambergen

Chicago "L" - commemoration of a massacre

The "L" is the nickname for Chicago´s elevated railroad, constructed and first operated in 1892.

Have you seen "While you were sleeping", "The Fugitive" or "Spiderman II"? Chicago "L" has been part of the set.

I myself was thinking about Al Capone, delivering his illegal goods, or, at worst, his deadly message, who´s the ruler in Chicago.

Capone was skillful at isolating and killing his enemies when they became too powerful. A typical Capone murder consisted of men renting an apartment across the street from the victim's residence and gunning him down when he stepped outside. The operations were quick and complete and Capone always had an alibi.

Capone's most notorious killing was the St. Valentine's Day Massacre. On February 14, 1929, four Capone men entered a garage at 2122 N. Clark Street. The building was the main liquor headquarters of bootlegger George "Bugs" Moran's North Side gang. Because two of Capone's men were dressed as police, the seven men in the garage thought it was a police raid. As a result, they dropped their guns and put their hands against the wall. Using two shotguns and two machine guns, the Capone men fired more than 150 bullets into the victims. As usual, Capone had an alibi; he was in Florida during the massacre.

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Matthias Moritz

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