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Sunday, July 14, 2013
Machinegun Jack McGurn Nearly Killed In 1928 Rush St. Hit
Here is another new upload from ChiTownView, found on You Tube. It is new addition to our series "Chicago Crime Now & Then". It's a series of videos that offer an organized history of organized crime in the windy city.
In 1928 the war between Al
Capone and Bugs Moran was entering it's fourth year. It was a bloody
battle that had claimed many lives on both sides of town. The Capone
mob seemed to be winning. They had already taken out Hymie Wiess &Dion O'Bannion the two previous leaders of the north side gang. In
response there had been attempts but no successful hits against
Johnny Torrio or his eir Al Capone. Moran had put up a $50,000
nationwide contract to take Al out.
The northsiders were also
going after those around Capone. They kidnnapped tortured and killed
his driver. And they also had their sights set on Capones number one
gun Jack McGurn. On March 7th 1928 they thought they had
him because on that day Machinegun Jack McGurn was in the smokeshop
of the old McCormick hotel. He was talking with a real estate
operator named Nick Mastro. All of a sudden a car pulled up to the
curb and out sprung the Gusenberg brothers two top torpedos for the
north side Moran gang. One armed with a tommy gun and the other a
As a hail of lead filled the
air McGurn threw himself against a partition. The gunmen hurridly
left without making sure their target was dead. Jack was seriously
wounded but managed to flee the scene. Mastro was also shot but
stablized by a doctor at the hotel.Who sent him to Henrotin hospital
to treat his wounds.
Later the same doctor was called to
room where a man was said to be bleeding to death. The man was McGurn
who had been shot in the chest and arm. He was also rushed to the
One of the myths that
have grown up around this incident is that Jack was in a phone booth
when the shooting began. This appears to be a bit of Hollywood
fiction that has become confused with fact. There was also
speculation that this hit was in response to McGurns alleged attack
on comedian Joe E. Lewis. What we do know is that the Gusenberg
brothers would both be killed less than a year later in the St
Valentines Day Massacre.