Murders at a Church

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"You can get much farther with a kind word and a gun than you can with a kind word alone."- Al Capone

On State Street is the Holy Name Cathedral. The Holy Name's website features a story about a nurse who would let children listen to their own heartbeats before using the stethoscope on them. The nurse recalls one child asking about the sound saying, "Is that Jesus knocking?" Holy Name Cathedral is a beautiful building. The architecture is stunning and as a place of worship, it could warm a mobster's heart. However, just outside of the church, there lurks a dark history. 

The area around Holy Name Cathedral is home to not one, but two grizzly murders planned by none other than big fella Capone himself. It was in a flower shop that Capone's long-time rival Dean O'Banion met his end. As an Irish Northsider, O'Banion was a natural enemy of the Italian and die-hard Southsider Capone. When Capone finally triumphed over his enemy, he only ended up releasing a storm of violence that culminated in the St. Valentines Day Massacre. The site of O'Banion's flower shop is now in a parking lot between State and Dearborn at Chicago Avenue.

The second murder to occur near Holy Name Cathedral happened on the very steps of the beautiful white church. After O'Banion's murder, his second in command, Hymie Weiss, set out to wreak terrible revenge on Capone and his gang. Before Weiss could see out his plan, Capone hired three men to fire at Weiss and his bodyguards from a building nearby. In the confusion, one of Weiss's guards accidentally shot the man he was supposed to protect. Some of the bullets in the firefight hit the church, and residents will claim that the tiny hole above an inlaid cross is a bullet from one of Capone's gunmen.

"I'm a kind person, I'm kind to everyone, but if you are unkind to me, then kindness is not what you'll remember me for."-Al Capone
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