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On This Day… An Assasination Attempt On Capone

Written by: George Chittenden : 03 Jun 2019

It was on this day, 20th Sept, back in 1926 when Chicago’s North Side Gang attempted to kill their rival Al Capone. The assassination attempt was led by George ‘Bugs’ Moran and involved the North Side Gang who were mostly Irish trying to draw Capone to the windows of his headquarters at the Hawthorne Inn, and then opening fire with Thompson submachine guns and shotguns at the windows of the first-floor restaurant from multiple cars.

Al Capone

Al Capone

The leader of the South Side’s Italian mob managed to survive the attack, and quickly began plotting his revenge. Bugs Moran hated his rival, as Al Capone had ordered the execution of Moran’s mentor, O’Banion, a man Bug’s Moran idolised a few years earlier. It took Capone three weeks to get his revenge, when he knocked off Hymie Weiss, the leader of the North Side Gang, which promoted Moran into a leadership position.

George ‘Bugs’ Moran

George ‘Bugs’ Moran

Al Capone didn’t stop there though, and eventually on February 14th, 1929, in an event that has become known as the Saint Valentine's Day Massacre, seven members of Moran’s gang were gunned down. Bugs Moran survived his war with Capone but became a gangster without a gang. He died of lung cancer at Leavenworth Prison in Kansas in 1957 at the age sixty-three.

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