On this day in 1929, seven members of Bugs Moran's Chicago bootlegging gang were brutally gunned down by a rival gang dressed as police. Although never officially proven, the gunmen almost certainly acted on the orders of Al Capone, who was in Miami at the time of the killings. It was rumored the target of the hit was Bugs himself. Newspapers across the country reported on what became known as the "St. Valentine's Day Massacre." This high-water mark of prohibition related gang violence ultimately increased federal resolve to crack down on Capone. Just three months later, he was arrested in Philadelphia on an unrelated weapons charge, landing him first in the City jail, Holmesburg, and then in Eastern State Penitentiary.
- Nick Gillette, ESP Tour Guide