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The St. Gang warfare ruled the streets of Chicago during the late 1920s, as chief gangster Al Capone sought to consolidate control by eliminating his rivals in the illegal trades of bootlegging, gambling and prostitution. This rash of gang violence reached its bloody climax in a garage on the city’s North Side on February 14, 1929, when seven men associated with the Irish gangster George “Bugs” Moran, one of Capone’s longtime enemies, were shot to death by several men dressed as policemen. The St. Valentine’s Day Massacre, as it was known, remains an unsolved crime and was never officially linked to Capone, but he was generally considered to have been responsible for the murders.
The Rise of Scarface: Al Capone And Chicago
From 1924 to 1930, the city of Chicago gained a widespread reputation for lawlessness and violence. Not coincidentally, this phenomenon coincided with the reign of chief crime lord Al “Scarface” Capone, who took over from his boss Johnny Torrio in 1925. (Torrio, who was seriously wounded in an assassination attempt in 1924, had “retired” to Brooklyn.) Prohibition, ushered in by the passage of the 18th Amendment in 1920, had greatly increased the earnings of America’s gangsters through bootlegging (the illegal manufacture and sale of alcohol) and speakeasies (illicit drinking establishments), as well as gambling and prostitution. Capone’s income from these activities was estimated at some $60 million a year; his net worth in 1927 was around $100 million.
Over the years, Al Capone consolidated control over most of Chicago’s crime rackets by ruthlessly gunning down his rivals. In 1924, authorities counted some 16 gang-related murders; this brand of slaying continued until 1929, reaching a high of 64 murders in one year during that time. Federal authorities, including the Federal Bureau of Investigation, had much less jurisdiction than they have today, and did not include Chicago’s gang-related activity.
READ MORE: How the Prohibition Era Spurred Organized Crime
Massacre on St. Valentine’s Day
Chicago’s gang war reached its bloody climax in the so-called St. Valentine’s Day Massacre of 1929. One of Capone’s longtime enemies, the Irish gangster George “Bugs” Moran, ran his bootlegging operations out of a garage at 2122 North Clark Street. On February 14, seven members of Moran’s operation were gunned down while standing lined up, facing the wall of the garage. Some 70 rounds of ammunition were fired. When police officers from Chicago’s 36th District arrived, they found one gang member, Frank Gusenberg, barely alive. In the few minutes before he died, they pressed him to reveal what had happened, but Gusenberg wouldn’t talk.
Police could find only a few eyewitnesses, but eventually concluded that gunmen dressed as police officers had entered the garage and pretended to be arresting the men. Though Moran and others immediately blamed the massacre on Capone’s gang, the famous gangster himself claimed to have been at his home in Florida at the time. No one was ever brought to trial for the murders. It remains one of the biggest unsolved crimes in history.
The Downfall of Public Enemy No. 1
Though the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre marked the end of any significant gang opposition to Capone’s rule in Chicago, it can also be said to have marked the beginning of his downfall. With his highly effective organization, his impressive income and his willingness to ruthlessly eliminate his rivals, Capone had become the country’s most notorious gangster, and the newspapers dubbed him “Public Enemy No. 1.” Federal authorities began investigating Capone after he failed to appear before a federal grand jury after being subpoenaed in March 1929. When he finally appeared and testified, federal agents arrested him for contempt of court. Capone posted bond and was released, only to be arrested in Philadelphia that May on charges of carrying concealed weapons. Capone served nine months in prison and was released for good behavior.
In February 1931, a federal court found Capone guilty on the contempt charge and sentenced him to six months in Cook County Jail. Meanwhile, the U.S. Treasury Department had launched an investigation of Capone for income tax evasion. Through diligent forensic accounting, Special Agent Frank Wilson and other members of the Intelligence Unit of the Internal Revenue Service were able to put together a case, and in June 1931 Capone was indicted for evasion of federal income tax. Convicted that October after an internationally publicized trial, Capone was sentenced to 11 years in prison, first in Atlanta and later at Alcatraz. He was released in 1939 and died an invalid recluse at his Florida home in 1947.
The St. Valentines Day Massacre
On this day, 90 years ago one of the most famous Mob Hits of all time took place, the St. Valentines Day Massacre in Chicago, where seven men were shot to death by rival gangsters. What started with the death of Dean O’Banion in 1924 ended on St. Valentines Day in 1929.
George “Bugs” Moran was a good friend of Dean O’Banion, along Hymie Weiss & Schemer Drucci they all joined the Market Street gang when they were young and forming a lasting friendship till death did them part. Bugs Moran was also a criminal who had taken over the running or the North Side gang in Chicago during the Prohibition Era. His main enemy was Al Capone, who ran the Italian South Side gang they fought a fierce gang war for control of smuggling and bootlegging in Chicago.
The massacre was carefully planned and executed to make sure that George “Bugs” Moran was dead, thus eliminating Capone’s main rival. Throughout the gang war both had survived several assassination attempts. On one occasion, Moran and some of his men drove a fleet of six cars past a hotel where Capone and his men were having lunch and sprayed the building with lead, shooting more than 1,000 bullets.
A plan was hatched where they would try to trick Moran into thinking he was buying a shipment of hijacked booze from Canada, the dropping off point was to be the SMC Cartage Company garage at 2122 North Clark Street, a property belonged to Moran. The idea behind the plan was to kill Moran and his men while they were all in the building together.
At 10.30am Moran’s gang had been preparing to meet the incoming shipment but in a twist of fate George “Bugs” Moran was running late that morning. Moran pulled up in his car just in time to spot a quartet, including two dressed as police officers enter the building, thinking it was a raid on the building he quietly moved on.
A police car had arrived outside the building with two men dressed in uniform and two more in civilian clothes. Inside the building were six of Moran’s men. The last to arrive was Albert Weinshank, as Weinshank made his way into the warehouse, he was grabbed by the two police officers and they forced him inside. Believing the gangsters were being raided, as they were gangsters they knew the drill so they lined up against the wall with their backs to the police.
When they were in line before the gangsters who were in line knew what hit them, armed with Thompson machines guns the assassins opened fire, emptying an entire 20-round box magazine, and a 50-round drum into them. They even continued shooting even after the gangsters bodies had dropped to the floor. The men dressed as police officers escorted the assassins out of the building, under the guise of arresting them and fled the scene
Six of the gangsters died instantly but one remained alive, although barely, Frank Gusenberg was taken to hospital but died later that day, but not before the police could talk to him. As soon as he had arrived at the hospital and been stabilized by doctors, the police questioned him and wanted to know how he had gotten 14 gunshot wounds, and who had shot him. He replied “No one shot me,” Frank Gusenberg died three hours later.
The victims that day were brothers Frank & Pete Gusenberg, John May, Albert Weinshank, Adam Heyer, Reinhardt Schwimmer and Albert Kachellek aka James Clark.
“Bugs” Moran the intended target never even made it inside the warehouse and so survived
The St. Valentine’s Day Massacre
On February 13, 1929, It was brought to the notice of George “Bugs” Moran, an Irish gangster, an arch enemy of Al Capone who ran the North Side gang in Chicago, that a truckload of whisky had just arrived from Detroit and he could have it at a bargain price.
Moran ordered for the whiskey to be shipped the next day by 10:30am to a garage at 2122 North Clark Street, where he kept his bootlegging trucks.
On February 14, 1929, St Valentine’s day, In the garage at 2122 North Street, Seven of Moran’s trusted men waited patiently for their boss to come. Their Boss was running late. But unknown to them, a police wagon had slowed to a stop beside the garage between 10:00am and 11:00am that day.
Four men got out from the wagon, two of them wore a police uniform while the other two wore civilian cloths and hats. They had with them two Thompson submachine guns and two shot guns hiding inside their coats.
The two ‘police officers’ barged into the ware house first, a minute later they signal for the other two to come in. After five to ten minutes and an excessive sounds of shooting inside the garage, two of the men on civilian clothes, came out with their hands up, as if they were under arrest, with the ‘police officers’ behind them pointing a gun at their backs. Just to let the neighbours know that everything was under control.
When they hopped into the police wagon and disappeared, the neighbours that heard the gunshots came out to investigate the garage, only to find the bodies of Moran’s men lying in a pool of their own blood.
The streets of Chicago In the late 1920s were ruled by Gang Warfare. The city at that time was known to be the largest centre for gang activity in the country, and with the reputation of lawlessness and violence.
Prohibition was in place at the time and two of the most notorious mobsters battled each other in order to have full control of the lucrative Chicago bootlegging trade.
Chief Crime lord Al “Scarface” Capone and his arch rival and enemy George “Bugs” Moran had been on each other’s throat for a long time. It was said that both survived several attempted murders throughout the 1920s and on one occasion Moran and his associates drove six cars past a hotel in Cicero, Illinois, where Capone and his associates were having lunch, and showered the building with more than 1,000 bullets. Capone became really serious with their fight when Moran placed a $50,000 bounty on Capone’s head. Capone ordered that Moran and his gangs to be wiped out.
On the day of the Massacre, Moran was running late to the garage. He and his fellow gang member Ted Newberry were few buildings a way when they noticed a police wagon parking next to the garage. They quickly hid themselves in a café to figure out what to do next. He thought his men were being arrested in a raid. But it wasn’t so.
It was said that the plan was to capture Moran and three of his gang inside the garage and kill them. But they were seven who walked into the garage that day. One of them was mistaken to be Moran, probably because of his height and body structure, which were similar to that of his boss, Moran. It was believed that he was the reason that they ambushed them at that time, thinking that their target, Moran, was present.
When the two ‘police officers’ walked inside the garage first, they pointed their guns at Moran’s men and ordered them to stand in front of a wall while they strip them of every weapon they could find in their coats.
The seven men cooperated, believing it was a raid. Then the police men called for the other two outside the garage to come in. They walked in, pointed their submachine guns at the seven men and began to shoot. It was said that 70 rounds of ammunition were wasted on the bodies of the seven men until they were on the floor. Shotguns were used as well to disfigure the faces of two of the men.
The murdered men were, two brothers named Peter Gusenberg and Frank Gusenberg (Moran’s best killers), Albert Kachellek (Moran’s second in command), Adam Heyer (The bookkeeper and business manager of the Moran gang), Albert Weinshank (who managed several cleaning and dyeing operations for Moran. He was the one who they mistook as Moran), John May (Moran’s Mechanic), Reinhardt Schwimmer and May’s dog (he wasn’t harmed).
Despite receiving 14 bullet wounds, Frank was the only one who was still alive and was rushed to the hospital. When the real police officials asked him who had done this to him. Frank replied by saying “No one shot me.” he died three hours later.
Photos of the massacre were placed on the front pages of newspapers around the country. All fingers were pointed at Capone. Since Moran knew that Capone wanted him dead, he quickly accused Capone for the murder by saying “Only Capone Kills like that.” but at that time of the massacre, Capone was out of Chicago. He had an airtight alibi. This made few people doubt that he was responsible for the killings.
The investigation was long and complicated, each time the police thought that they were heading somewhere in the investigation, it always takes them to a dead end. They couldn’t find any evidence that proved that Capone was the mastermind behind the massacre.
The massacre quickly put an end to the long rivalry between the two gang lords and made Capone take full control over the crime activities in the city. Moran lost so many important men in his gang that he could no longer take proper control of his territory. He was left doing small-time robberies until he was sent to jail in 1946. He died in Leavenworth Federal Prison in 1957 of lung cancer.
Capone on the other hand, his fame as the person responsible for the massacre attracted the federal authorities. He was convicted for tax evasion in 1931 and was sentenced to prison for 11years, first in Atlanta and later at Alcatraz. He was later released in 1939 and died in 1947.
It is said that the garage, where the murder took place was demolished in 1967, and the site had been transformed into a parking lot for a nursing home. The wall that was sprayed with bullets and soaked with the blood of the victims were purchased by a Canadian businessman named George Patey.
It was stated that no one was ever brought to trial for the massacre, even though most people believed that Capone did it, he was never prosecuted for the crime.
May’s dog, Highball, was the only witness to the murders, it was said that he was never the same after the incident and was later put down by the police.
The Breaking Point
The final straw for Capone came in 1928 when a couple of events unfolded.
The first was when Jack McGurn, a key member of the Chicago Outfit, survived several attempts on his life, that were ordered by Bugs Moran. The second was when Bugs Moran formed a partnership with Capone rival Joe Aiello, and organised the death of Unione Siciliana president for Chicago, Antonio Lombardo in late 1928, and also Pasqualino Lolordo in early 1929 who took over from Lombardo. The Gusenberg brothers Frank and Pete, were said to be behind the hits on the two.
Joe Aiello incidentally would also end up on Capone’s hit list, just a year after the St Valentine’s Day Massacre in October 1930. Outfit enforcer Frank Nitti is said to have been one of the two gunmen that filled Aiello’s body with 59 bullets.
After the death of Lombardo and Lolordo, Jack McGurn approached Capone and together they hatched a plot to take out Moran once and for all.
Autopsy reports found from 1929 Valentine's Day massacre
CHICAGO -- Written by hand, the autopsies on the seven bullet-riddled bodies vividly describe why the Valentine's Day massacre of 1929 is still considered Chicago's most infamous gangland killing.
The reports were recently unearthed with inquest transcripts from a warehouse after eight decades, and the Cook County medical examiner's office is now considering how best to preserve and display them.
Executive officer James Sledge, a local history fan and a Chicago native, said he felt a chill down his back when he first read the documents outlining the attack at a Lincoln Park garage that left seven men dead and more than 160 machine gun casings littering the scene.
The attack, carried out by men dressed as city police officers, is widely believed to have been ordered by famed Prohibition-era gangster Al Capone. The crime was never solved.
Shortly after Sledge joined the medical examiner's office in 2014, he asked for permission to look at the autopsy records. His staff took multiple trips to a Cook County government warehouse to find the reports, which were tucked away in a metal file cabinet.
In this Thursday, Feb. 11, 2016 photo, James Sledge, an executive officer at the Cook County Medical Examiner's office in Chicago, holds one of the original autopsy reports from the infamous Valentine's Day massacre 87 years ago. James Foster/Chicago Sun-Times via AP
Sledge is weighing where the documents should be stored and how accessible they should be, he told the Chicago Sun-Times in a story published Thursday.
"On the one hand, we want to have them readily available," Sledge said. "But we don't want them so accessible that we in some way anger some part of the population who feel we are not paying proper respect to the deceased."
The victims of the Feb. 14, 1929 massacre were five men who were known gangsters working for Capone rival George "Bugs" Moran, an optometrist who was friends with Moran's crew and a mechanic at the garage that served as Moran's headquarters.
They were gunned down by four men, two of whom were wearing police uniforms. Since there was no evidence of a struggle, it's believed that Moran's men thought it was a police raid.
A Chicago dinner theater called Tommy Guns Garage stages an annual reenactment on Valentine's Day, CBS affiliate WBBM reports.
Not everyone believes the gang war theory. Jonathan Eig, author of "Get Capone" told WBBM in 2012 the murders were sparked by a fatal bar fight.
"It never made any sense to suspect that Al Capone was involved, because by 1929, Capone didn't really have a very strong rivalry with the Moran gang. He had won that fight. He had no reason to take such a huge risk," Eig said.
In his book "Get Capone," Eig asserted the killing was an act of revenge by the family of Billy Daverne, a young firefighter who was shot to death by Peter and Frank Gusenberg, two of the seven massacre victims.
"Just about any time you see seven men dead, there's a reason that somebody was angry, and in this case, I suspect that it was the family of a young firefighter who was killed by some members of the Moran gang," Eig said. "This firefighter named Billy Daverne was shot by the Gusenberg boys and his family sought retaliation."
Eig said while the Gusenbergs were members of the Moran gang, that was incidental to their part in the bar shooting that killed Daverne.
"If he (Capone) did want to eliminate his competitor, Bugs Moran, he easily could have killed Moran himself," Eig said.
The documents that are now in Sledge's possession offer insight into the 87-year-old investigation of the unsolved crime.
"The reports are very graphic about what happened," Sledge said. "You read about history, you talk about it, but to have something in your hands -- it gives you an odd feeling."
Those documents include an inquest interview with the optometrist's mother in which the coroner prepares her for the grisly state of her son's body. Other documents also outline the difficulties investigators faced while attempting to solve the crime, including witnesses who were too afraid to testify, the limits of forensic science and photographers who were eager to document the event.
Sledge wasn't immediately available for comment Friday.
Becky Schlikerman, a spokeswoman for the medical examiner's office, said the office is still considering what to do with the documents.
The documents have to remain the property of the Medical Examiner's office because they are autopsy reports, she said.
First published on February 12, 2016 / 4:31 PM
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St. Valentine’s Day Massacre Evidence
On the chilly winter morning of February 14, 1929, four men entered SMC Cartage Company garage in Chicago. Seven members of Bugs Moran’s gang were lined up against the wall and shot. The men opened fire with two Thompson submachine guns and a shotgun. All seven were shot dead.
Investigators recovered shells and bullet fragments from the floor of the North Clark Street garage and organized them in evidence envelopes.
The Cook County coroner took a scientific approach to investigating the Massacre. He brought in Dr. Calvin Goddard, a pioneer in the new field of ballistics testing. Dr. Goddard’s was able to prove that no two revolvers are made exactly alike — that every weapon makes characteristic marks on a bullet and a cartridge shell, and that they are the same every time that gun is fired.
Testing bullets and shell casings recovered from the crime scene, Goddard confirmed that two Tommy guns confiscated from a hoodlum’s house in rural Michigan were used in the Massacre.
The Museum now has these bullets and fragments, cartridges, coroner’s reports and more from the Massacre.
Learn more about the St. Valentine’s Massacre and the Prohibition Era in these two Mob Museum microsites.
Moran Escaped Harm
Six of the victims died in the garage Frank Gusenberg was taken to a hospital but died three hours later, refusing to name who was responsible.
Though the plan had been carefully crafted, one major problem occurred. The man that the lookouts had identified as Moran was Albert Weinshank.
Bugs Moran, the main target for the assassination, was arriving a couple of minutes late to the 10:30 a.m. meeting when he noticed a police car outside the garage. Thinking it was a police raid, Moran stayed away from the building, unknowingly saving his life.
FPG/Getty Images Five of the St. Valentine&rsquos Day Massacre victims.
On Feb. 14, 1929, Frank Gusenberg was rushed to the hospital. As soon as he had been stabilized, police arrived to question him as to how he had sustained the 14 gunshot wounds that brought him in, and whom it was that had shot him.
&ldquoNo one shot me,&rdquo he replied. Three hours later Gusenberg was dead.
Upon his death, Gusenberg became the final victim of a highly orchestrated crime, Chicago&rsquos most infamous mob hit, which would come to be known as the St. Valentine&rsquos Day Massacre.
The massacre had been carefully planned and executed by notorious mobster Al Capone, to eliminate a rival gang boss, George &ldquoBugs&rdquo Moran.
Bugs was a bootlegger and rival of Capone&rsquos, who distributed his illegal liquor from a warehouse on Chicago&rsquos North Side. Though no one was ever convicted of the crime, the consensus is that Capone orchestrated it to simply get Bugs out of his way.
Moran had been working on procuring a shipment of stolen Canadian whiskey, an enterprise which Capone was already heavily invested in. Those who believe Capone orchestrated the murders point out that the two mob bosses had had plenty of run-in&rsquos in the past, over territory disputes, and Bugs&rsquo determination to take over Capone&rsquos suppliers.
The theory is that Capone lured Bugs to the warehouse, under the guise of readying a car to drive to Canada, and hit him before he knew what happened.
Bettmann/Getty Images The warehouse where the massacre took plae
No matter the case, there&rsquos no doubt that the hit carried Capone&rsquos distinct style.
Around 10:30 a.m. on Feb. 14, four men raided Bugs&rsquo Lincoln Park warehouse. Two were dressed as police officers and armed with submachine guns, the other in suits, ties, overcoats, and hats.
Inside the warehouse were five of Bugs&rsquo men, along with two car mechanics. The last to arrive was Albert Weinshank, whose arrival signaled the armed men to raid.
As Weinshank exited his Cadilac sedan on the street, dressed in an overcoat and hat, and made his way into the warehouse, he was accosted by two police officers, who forced him inside. Believing he and his fellow gangsters were being arrested, they lined up against the wall, their backs to the police, all remaining silent so as not to out their boss.
Getty Images One of the victims of the massacre
As soon as the men were in line, the police officers signaled to the two plainclothes men waiting outside, armed with the submachine guns. Before the men in line knew what hit them, the armed men opened fire, emptying an entire 20-round box magazine, and a 50-round drum into the men. They continued shooting even after all seven men had hit the floor.
The men dressed as officers then escorted the assassins out of the building, under the guise of arresting them. They then fled the scene, remaining unidentified to this day.
All seven of Bugs&rsquo men died, six instantly, and Frank Gusenberg later that day. However, the original target Bugs Moran, was never injured. In fact, he had never even made it to the warehouse.
The assassins had made a mistake, when Albert Weinshank, roughly the same height and build as Moran, arrived dressed in an identical outfit to the man. It wasn&rsquot until after the massacre when Bugs made a public statement condemning Capone, that it was realized that he was still alive.
Chicago History Museum/Getty Images Men holdings shotguns and other men with hands raised, viewed in profile, during reenactment of St. Valentine&rsquos Day Massacre by investigators. Chicago, Ill. 1929.
The ensuing investigation focused primarily on Capone, and his affiliate the Purple Gang. Despite two eyewitnesses and several identifications, most of the public believed what the killers wanted them to &mdash that the attack had been carried out by the police, as a scare tactic.
One man, Fred Burke, a known associate of Capone&rsquos, was arrested years later for a separate crime and found to be in possession of the guns that were used in the massacre. Burke, of course, denied all involvement with the crime. Capone was later arrested for his many, other crimes, and spent 11 years in prison.
Even then, however, he never took credit for the St. Valentine&rsquos Day Massacre, and to this day, the actual perpetrators are still unknown.
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WGN Exclusive: New documents unveiled in St. Valentine’s Day Massacre
CHICAGO — The crime is almost 90 years old. And almost a century later there is still so little known about one of the most notorious mob hits of all time.
In a WGN broadcast exclusive, new documents recently un-earthed in Cook County give us a closer look at the St. Valentine’s day massacre.
The documents come from the medical examiner’s office.
Two years ago the executive director there had them dug out and dusted off from an old warehouse on the South Side to see what might be learned.
James Sledge, from the Cook Co Medical Examiner’s office, is a history buff and the thought of resurrecting old documents from one of the most historic mob hits of all time was a thrill for him.
It’s remarkable because contained in one box was hundreds of pages of transcripts and seven autopsy reports, one for each person killed that fateful day.
One of the reports for victim John May show his lungs were perforated 12 times.
The mass shooting took place at 2122 North Clark Street, it’s nothing more than a parking lot now.
The only evidence of the Valentine’s Day massacre is a black line on the building next to where the mob hangout once stood.
John Russick, Mob Expert from the Chicago History Museum, suspects it marks the roof line of the old garage.
“There’s a lot of assumptions that have been made over the years about this and some new documents like this are really critical to understanding,” he says.
There were seven victims, four guns and no real witnesses and no arrests.
These stacks of transcripts detail the coroner’s jury inquest ordered by the official Cook County coroner Dr. Herman n. Bundesen. And due to the nature of this high-profile case, Bundesen empanelled six jurors to verify his findings. Their signatures were on each and every autopsy. Even the press was present. It’s not the way it’s done today.
“I think what struck me is that they understood the significance of what they were doing,” says Sledge.
He added that Bundesen appears to have done a thorough job and tried at every turn to keep the controversial, headline grabbing assassinations on the up and up.
No DNA back then, fingerprinting was hardly used, but the science of ballistics was just being discovered right here in Chicago.
“Ballistics was in its infancy and because of this particular incident, they had to go to great lengths to create a science to look at the bullets,” says Sledge.
It’s something that’s standard today but everyone was on the take and suspicion among law enforcement, government officials and your average Joe on the street, and in 1929 it was rampant.
It all came down to two things: booze and turf. Al Capone was king on the South Side and Bugs Moran the North. Legend has it Capone ordered the massive hit to take down Moran and his henchmen.
Five mob men, an auto-mechanic and an optometrist were shot execution style instead. The hit men were reportedly disguised as Chicago police.
These delicate papers actually point the finger at Fred “the killer” Burke.
The jury wanted him charged with the murders. He never was.
Capone was never mentioned once.
James sledge says the way Bundesen drew up autopsies back then is virtually the same way medical examiner’s do it today–they were just less sanitized back then.
The one for John May, the mob mechanic, says “I will bury remains.”
Another autopsy, this one for the optometrist in the group, Reinhardt Schwimmer, says the victim was divorced and living in a hotel.
With these documents suddenly everything seems a bit more personal.
“The docs shows that this was well planned, carried out with precision, it shows that these were professionals who knew what they were doing,” says Sledge.
“It doesn’t surprise me at all that it exists. If history teaches you anything, it’s that evidence is out there, sometimes it’s just really hard to find,” says Russick.
The Cook County medical examiner’s office has also pulled the autopsy for American gangster John Dillinger.
The executive officer says the portrayal of Dillinger in books, movies is all wrong. He says the autopsy proves it.
So what will happen to these original documents?
All of them will remain the custody of the medical examiner’s office.