George "Bugs" Moran
On July 6, 1946, FBI agents arrest George "Bugs" Moran in Ohio for robbing a bank messenger. Moran was at one point, one of the biggest organized crime figures in America, by the time of his arrest he had been reduced to small bank robberies.
Bugs Moran's criminal career took a downward spiral after the infamous St. Valentine’s Day Massacre in 1929. On that day his top gunmen were slaughtered by rival Al Capone’s henchmen. A lasting feud had been established after Capone's men killed Moran's friend and mentor, Dean O'Banion, in 1924. Moran, who just missed the massacre by a couple of minutes, was visibly shaken when reporters talked to him days later. He shouted at them, "Only Capone kills like that!" Al "Scarface" Capone established his alibi by vacationing in Florida at the time of the murders. Sitting poolside, he mocked Moran, chuckling as he told reporters, "The only man who kills like that is Bugs Moran." Later, while Capone was serving time for tax evasion, Moran may have earned a measure of revenge by killing “Machine Gun” Jack McGurn, one of the men who allegedly carried out the massacre. Moran was convicted of the robbery and sentenced to 10 years in prison. In 1956, shortly after his released from the Ohio State Penitentiary, Moran was re-arrested for an earlier bank robbery. For this crime he received another 10 year sentenced and was sent to Leavenworth Federal Penitentiary, where he died from lung cancer on February 2, 1957.
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