Sunday, February 13, 2022
Although most Valentine stories are rooted in romance, there is one with a violence at it's core. This story is one that although I'd heard of, I knew very little about. This year, when deciding on props, photographer Tom Nakielski (Lights On Studio) handed his model guns instead of candy. The reason, to tell a very specific story taking us back to 1929 and the Saint Valentine's Day Massacre.
At 10:30 a.m. on Saint Valentine's Day, Thursday, February 14, 1929, seven men were murdered. The murders occurred at the garage at 2122 North Clark Street, in the Lincoln Park neighborhood of Chicago's North Side. They were shot by four men wielding submachine guns. Two of the shooters were wearing police uniforms, while the others wore suits, ties, overcoats, and hats. Witnesses saw the men in police uniforms leading the men in suits and overcoats out of the garage at gunpoint after the shooting.