St. Valentine's Day Massacre Case Study

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St. Valentine’s Day Massacre

The Valentine’s Day Massacre remains the most notorious gangster killing of the prohibition era. The massacre made Al Capone a national celebrity as well as brought him the unwanted attention of the federal government.
The date of this massacre was 14 February, 1929 at 10.30 a.m., the people who were the victims were Frank Gusenberg, John May, Albert Weinshank, James Clark, Adam Heyer.

Gangsters ruled may of the large cities during the Prohibition era, they become rich by owning speakeasies, breweries, brothels, and gambling joints. Between the rival gangs and the bribe local officials they become the celebrities. Chicago was split into two rival gangs by the late 1920’s, where one gang was led by Al Capone and the second one by George “Bugs” Moran. Capone and Moran vied for power, prestige and money; both tried for years to kill each other.
In early 1929, Al Capone was
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Valentine’s Day in 1929 made newspaper headlines across the country. The as shocked at the brutality of the killings. Police tried desperately to determine who was responsible. Al Capone had an air tight alibi because he had been called in for questioning by the Dade County solicitor in Miami during the time of the massacre. “Machine Gun” McGurn had what became called a “blonde alibi” –he had been at a hotel with his blonde girlfriend from 9 p.m. on February 13 through 3p.m. on February 14. Fred Burke was arrested by police in March 1931 but was charged with the December 1929 murder of a police officer and sentenced to life in prison for that crime.
The science of ballistics was first used in this case i.e., the comparison microscopy was used in this case as earlier police officers were not able to convict Al Capone as the suspect because they don’t have enough evidences to convict him as the criminal so with the help of microscopy the case was able to

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