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Gusenberg, Frank - Age 36; Peter - Age 40 - Two of the seven Moran gangsters who were lined up facing a brick wall and mowed down with machine and shotguns in a garage at 2122 N. Clark St., at 10:40 AM, 2/14/29. When the killers left two had their hands in the air and two others, in police uniforms, followed pointing the machine guns at their backs. They all got into an auto disguised as a police squad car and escaped. 2/22/29 Sam Loverde and Michael Favia were booked. 2/27/29 John McGurn and Rocco Fanelli also booked and on 3/16/29 held without bail by Schwaba. 3/6/29 John Scalise was booked and indicted; he was found 5/7/29 murdered with Anselmi and Guinta in Hammond, Ind. 5/29/29 - Scalise cause abated - dead - Hopkins. 12/2/29 - McGurn case Nolle Prossed - Trude. Fred Burke captured 3/16/31 near Milan, Mo. 3/29/31 taken from St. Joseph, Mo. To St. Joseph, Mich. For the murder there of Officer Charles Skelly on 12/14/29. On 4/27/31 sentenced to Michigan State Pen. For life. Following Skelly’s murder the massacre machine guns were found in Burke’s St. Joseph, Mich. Home.

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Date of offense February 14, 1929
Date of death February 14, 1929
Time between offense and death Immediate - death occurred at the crime scene
Time of day (approx) Morning (5:00 a.m. - 10:59 a.m.)
Time of day (exact) 12:10 am
Address 2122 N. Clark St.
Type of location Street, or other non-commercial public place/alley
Type of public place Other non-commercial public place
Location description in a garage
Type of death Homicide
Type of homicide Intentional murder
Characteristics 2 of the 7 Moran gangsters were lined up facing a
Method of killing Shotgun
Weapon machine guns and shotguns; "mowed down"
Motive victims were Moran gangsters
Victim initiated events leading to homicide No
Excessive violence Multiple assailants
Murder/suicide? Yes
Circumstances description Mafia
Total number of victims 2
Total number of defendants 4
Related to Prohibition? Yes
Related to Organized Crime? Murder for hire, "hit"
Other related organized crime indicators 2 of the victims were Moran gangsters, 3rd was cop


Name Gusenburg, Frank
Age 36 years
Gender Male
Race White
Ethnicity Other, european
Victim/defendant relationship Not related by family


Name Burke, Fred
Gender Male
Race White
Ethnicity Other, european
Defendant/victim relationship Relationship Unknown


Date defendant arrested March 16, 1931
Total number of defendants arrested 5
Time between crime and arrest Years
Arrest made at crime scene Out of state arrest
Allegations of police corruption No


Charges against defendant No charges recorded
Type of legal decision recorded Coroner, trial
Outcome of trial Guilty, unspecified offense
Date of sentence April 27, 1931
Length of sentence Life
Allegations of police corruption No

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