GEORGE "BUGS" MORAN - DOCUMENT SIGNED 11/28/1938 CO-SIGNED BY: LILLIAN E. COHEN - HFSID 174124
Sale Price $3,187.50
GEORGE “BUGS” MORAN
The Chicago mobster who waged a city-wide war with fellow mafioso Al Capone signed this petition. Extremely rare!
Typed Document Signed: "George Moran", 1p, 8x3¾. No place, but probably Chicago, 1938 November 28. Co-signed: "Lillian E. Cohen" as Notary Public. In Full: "GEORGE MORAN being first duly sworn, states that he has read the above and foregoing petition, signed by him, and that the same is true except for those matters stated by him to be upon information and belief, and that as to those matters this affiant states that he believes them to be true." George "Bugs" Moran (1893-1957) had committed more than 20 known burglaries and was imprisoned three times before he was 21. He became the head of Dion O'Banion's North Side gang in Chicago in 1926. For three years, Moran's gang and Al Capone's gang were bloody adversaries. Their rivalry climaxed on February 14, 1929 in a Chicago garage when seven members of Moran's gang were machine gunned to death on orders from Capone in what became known as the St. Valentine's Day Massacre. In 1936, just two years before signing this legal document, Moran and his men entered a Chicago bowling alley and killed "Machine Gun" Jack McGurn, the man who organized and executed the Valentine's Day carnage. Moran eventually moved to Ohio, where he was arrested in 1946 for robbing a bank messenger of $10,000. He was convicted and sentenced to ten years. After his release in 1956, Moran was again arrested for an earlier bank raid and sent to the U.S. Penitentiary in Leavenworth, Kansas, where he died of lung cancer in 1957. Embossed notary seal touches the "L" in Lillian. Fine condition. Framed in Gallery of History style: 29x19.
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