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.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. 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."We do the equivalent of four months worth of sales in one weekend," said Salwa Alnuri, owner of Al-Dyhaa, a florist close to the city's green zone where the city's foreign embassies are based. In the last two years, it has fallen in the month of Muharram, when Iraq's Shia population marks the death of Imam Hussein.Worshippers have been taking their red roses to Imam Hussein's shrine in Karbala, making Valentine's Day a celebration of universal love.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. Valentine’s Day Massacre, as it was known, was never officially linked to Capone, but he was generally considered to have been responsible for the murders.From 1924 to 1930, the city of Chicago gained a widespread reputation for lawlessness and violence.
“Everyone celebrates Eid of Love, not just couples and now without the curfew we can enjoy it for longer,” said his wife Saara.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. 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.So there may be more crossover with the frustrated grandparent crowd than you’d imagine, especially once they get a load of Blind Al.Not that this new promo, courtesy of MTV, is aiming in that direction, you understand.