It seemed that anyone who bought one of the bricks was suddenly stricken with bad luck in the form of illness, financial ruin, divorce, and even death. Most of it resides in a museum in Vegas though, now, but about 75 bricks are in the hands of private collectors sold before Patey died in 2005. Outlaw History Expert - Respected Member - R.I.P. If city officials had a sense of humor, they would rebuild the wall, put a small plaque on it and say, `This was history. Gary investigates follows the journey of the bullet-riddled bricks for the wall where four assailants lined up seven members of the Bugs Moran gang and shot them down. Seven members and associates of Bugs Moran’s gang were lined up against a brick wall and shot to death by assassins allegedly associated with Al Capone’s gang. Also included is two original press photos related to the massacre, one showing a police dog who 'witnessed' the shootings and one showing family members of a victim. This item being 75 years old has wear that a normal object of that age would have. Mr. George Patey the Canadian businessman who purchased the massacre wall back in 1967 and recently sold them brick by brick. Weight: 6.00 LBS. The Chicago Tribune searched police records for the missing bricks and could not find them. The two uniformed cops then marched the other two murderers out as if they were under arrest and drove away. The only witness to the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre was a dog named Highball. Dogs often bark and growl when walking by. The middle tree on the lot is placed exactly where the murder wall was in 1929. He was never the same after the Massacre and had to be put down by police. This item being 75 years old has wear that a normal object of that age would have. Thompson machine guns like this one were made popular by mobsters and were among the weapons used in the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre. In 1967, the garage where the shooting occurred was torn down, and a Vancouver businessman bought the bricks from the wall, some of which were still full of bullet holes from the massacre. On St. Valentine’s Day morning in 1929 four men, two of them wearing police uniforms, wheeled up in front of the Clark Street building housing the S.M.C. He's in Canada. Businessman George Patey purchased these bricks in the late 1960s before the destruction of the Chicago garage where the Massacre occurred. He then rebuilt the wall, making it part a mobile display. He found that he was getting back as many as he sold. Yet today if one visits the site of the garage in Lincoln Park, no physical relics or reminders indicate that a legendary massacre ever happened there. Most of it resides in a museum in Vegas though, now, but about 75 bricks are in the hands of private collectors sold before Patey died in 2005. Select from premium 'St Valentine's Day Massacre' of the highest quality. Since the museum opened they have purchased some of the missing bricks along with the authentication letter. In fact he talked of his life with rather fond memories. He said the bidding will start at $200,000 for the building blocks that once formed the wall in the Chicago garage against which Al Capone's gunsels mowed down seven Bugs Moran gang members in 1929. If it's bricks we need to remind us of an era, they're at Cermak Road and South Michigan Avenue, where Capone's headquarters, the Lexington Hotel, is being demolished. George Patey's pile of common house bricks is up for sale, and the Canadian entrepreneur is hoping someone will make him an offer he can't refuse. But if you're in the area, it's kind of cool to look out and picture what happened there back in 29. Looks like the same one(s) I've seen before. The condition does not imply that the brick is perfect condition or completely free from wear and tear, imperfections or the effects of aging. They finally found a permanent home at The Mob Museum(, National Museum of Crime and Punishment in Las Vegas). St. Valentine’s Day Massacre Wall. J.B. Pritzker gives a coronavirus update, After Twitter outcry, 5 women detail Chris D’Elia’s alleged sexual improprieties. The Saint Valentine's Day Massacre was the 1929 murder of seven members and associates of Chicago's North Side Gang that occurred on Saint Valentine's Day.The men were gathered at a Lincoln Park garage on the morning of that feast day.They were lined up against a wall and shot by four unknown assailants who were dressed like police officers. He said the museum purchased the majority of the wall bricks for a St. Valentine’s Day massacre display and it is one of their most popular exhibits. He had just gone too far and the authorities, and even Capone’s adoring public, were ready to put an end to the bootleg wars. I'm aware of two people who have one for sale, but price is too high. Edited by TAS1921AC, 09 December 2013 - 11:54 PM. The Massacre took place at 2122 N. Clark Street in the S-M-C Cartage Company, a garage where Bugs Moran’s men hung out. The mayor’s office told Patey to call the National Wrecking Co., which was knocking down the garage. Edited by ghostsoldier, 02 December 2013 - 08:39 PM. During that time, thousands of tourists had visited the death car of Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow and Mr. Patey knew this was a valuable tourist attraction. If so send me a PM. St. Valentine’s Day Massacre Wall. Finally, in 1972, he opened a night club called the Banjo Palace. Fast Forward to 1990s. Over the next 42 years, the bricks were featured in a traveling exhibit, housed in a short-lived crime museum and displayed in a nightclub restroom. At the time of the massacre, there was a warehouse in this location. Patey heard a rumor that they were taken during the filming of “The St. Valentine’s Day Massacre” in 1967, starring Jason Robards and George Segal. The club continued to operate for many years, but the owner decided to close the club down & placed the 417 brinks in storage. It was not a scene for the faint of heart. When the garage was slated for demolition in 1967, entrepreneur George Patey recovered the bricks from the wall. I haven't tried to call the phone number. George Patey did sell some of the bricks for $1,000.00 each. https://media.blubrry.com/kc_crime/p/content.blubrry.com/kc_crime/Halloween_St_Valentines_massacre.mp3, Boston Organized Crime with Emily Sweeney, Halloween Extra – St Valentine’s Day Massacre. George Patey did sell some of the bricks … Does anyone have one of the original bricks for sale which they bought directly from Mr. Patey, the Canadian who purchased most of a section of wall where the Victims here lined up and murdered, when the building was demolished in 1967? They soon learned of the building’s bloody past when more tourists and curiosity-seekers than by customers visited. The site of St. Valentine’s Day Massacre is still among the most infamous in Chicago history. a submachine gun, said the wall would have "significance" for his sightseeing fares, many from out of town. From their first sale in 1967 the bricks were lettered and numbered (This Brick is H-9), allowing The Mob Museum to assemble and display the wall in a manner very close to the original. Explore the wall and explore more of how this event took place with our video. Required fields are marked *. Chuck, here on the board, Gijive is very knowledgeable on the SVDM too. Very historic. The official cause of death was cardiac failure. To go to the store or make a donation Click Here. The young couple that owned the farm at the time were remodeling stuff, like windows and other things- Joe got the original window and had it displayed in his museum. (I was surprised at how close it was to the lake.). Three hundred of those bricks are on display here. Get the latest updates on new products and upcoming sales, In 1967, the garage where the shooting occurred was torn down, and a Vancouver businessman, George Patey, bought the bricks, some of which were still full of bullet holes from the massacre. The condition does not imply that the brick is perfect condition or completely free from wear and tear, imperfections or the effects of aging. Learn how your comment data is processed. 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