February 14, 1929 was a cold day in Chicago. People were moving around in the four inches of snow which had been deposited the day before. But in the North Side Street garage there was enough chill that the men still felt the chilly air. This was the lair of the Bugs Moran Gang. Barry knew of them by reputation. They were the thorn in the side of a rival gang that most everyone dreaded. The Chicago mob of Al Capone. Barry sure knew of them for his Purple gang did work for Al. He never met the man but knew others who had. He had on one occasion met a man named John Scalise. He had been imported by the Purple Gang to eliminate a minor rival. Barry paid him for the job. Scalise said nothing. He did not even count the money. I mean who short changes a mob hit man.
But it was his eyes. They were deep. They penetrated into you and there was a strange intensity to
them. He was dapper but not flashy. He went back to Chicago and it was rumored that he was part of the squad that entered the garage.
The group that entered the garage was not that impressive. Just four guys, two dressed as cops and two who came in after the fake cops. They placed the seven people in the garage against the wall. The other two men came in with machine guns and blasted away.
Against the wall was:.
- Peter Gusenberg, a frontline enforcer for the Moran organizations.
- Frank Gusenberg, the brother of Peter Gusenberg and also an enforcer.
- Albert Kachellek (alias “James Clark”), Moran’s second-in-command.
- Adam Heyer, the bookkeeper and business manager of the Moran gang.
- Reinhardt Schwimmer, an optician who had abandoned his practice to gamble on horse racing and associated with the gang.
- Albert Weinshank, who managed several cleaning and dyeing operations for Moran. His resemblance to Moran, including the clothes he was wearing, is what allegedly set the massacre in motion before Moran actually arrived.
- John May, an occasional car mechanic for the Moran gang
Within a few minutes the damage was done. There was a lot of murders in Chicago in the wars between rival gangs but none had been so savage as this one. And seven in one shot. This demanded action by the public and backfired on the gangs trying to stay out of the limelight. A statement was made which illustrated this point. “Only Al kills this way”
Even Barry was aghast. This was the last draw for him. He knew he had to find a way out. A way which would not put him on a list to be eliminated.
Barry saw the above picture and even he was terrified by it. Not only were these men shot up by machine guns ripping them apart but then to be on the safe side they were shot by shotguns close range. The illusion that there was something grand about being in the mob went out the window. Now escape was Barry’s main concern.