A Killing in Capone's Playground


"'Bloody Chicago' was the name given to America's most corrupt city after the grotesque scene that left the remains of seven humans embedded into masonry walls and oil-slickened concrete.  Two Thompson submachine guns did the majority of the damage, and the masterminds who wielded them during the St. Valentine's Day Massacre escaped.

Ten months later, on December 14, 1929, St. Joseph, Michigan Police officer Charles Skelly, working a routine traffic crash, came face to face with a killer.  Shots were fired, the assailant escaped, and the dying Officer Skelly identified his murderer before taking his lat breath.  The trail led to a home in Stevensville, Michigan where authorities found an arsenal of weaponry, over $300,000 worth of stolen bonds, bulletproof vests, and two Thompson submachine guns.  The hideout belonged to Fred Burke, a highly sought suspect in the St. Valentine's Day Massacre and now considered the most dangerous man alive."