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In 14 February 1929, St Valentine’s Day, four men disguised as police walked into a garage on North Clark Street, Chicago, lined up the seven people inside against the wall and shot them dead. At the height of the 1920s - the era of Prohibition, which was dominated by gangsters - the murder of seven men stunned the nation. It was later revealed that Chicago mobster Al Capone ordered the ‘hit’ but that the real target, mob leader George ‘Bugs’ Moran, escaped the carnage. Ultimately, the St Valentine’s Day massacre turned the American public against urban folk heroes like Al Capone and ushered in a new era - the Depression.
Charles Gargotta - Also known as "Mad Dog", (1900–1950) was a Kansas City, Missouri gangster who became a top enforcer for the Kansas City crime family.
Looking at the images of limp bodies and weeping victims, Mr Codella saw the gaze of an NYPD officer
Iconic image: Yoko Ono has tweeted this image of John Lennons bloodstained glasses together with a message about how many people have been killed by guns in the U.S. since his death
Innocence: A Taos girl, ca. 1905 is pictured looking straight into the camera, wrapped in a blanket