Jack “Machine Gun Jack” McGurn

Jack “Machine Gun Jack” McGurn

Original Name James Vincenzo DeMora
Licata, Provincia di Agrigento, Sicilia, Italy
Death 15 Feb 1936 (aged 32)
Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, USA
Burial Hillside, Cook County, Illinois, USA
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Memorial ID 2649 · View Source
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Gangster/Murderer. Born in Licata, Sicily, the eldest son of Tommaso and Giuseppa Verderame Gibaldi. He would soon become known to the world as "Machine Gun" Jack McGurn. Growing up in the Brooklyn slums where he went to public school. He would move to Chicago with his family when he was 14. His story is unusual in the way he became a feared gangster, unlike most gangsters, Jack did not grow up on the streets, he was from a good family that had given him many opportunities to be on the straight and narrow. For the most part Jack had all intentions to do just that, he began to box, he was good enough at boxing that he decided to go pro, calling himself Battling Jack McGurn, at the time Irish boxers were more popular and got better bookings. He would fight five matches between September 1921 and June 1922, he won two out of the five. In early 1923, Jack would have a life changing event that would lead him to crime, his step father was killed by three mob enforcers, Jack vowed revenge. When he achieved his revenge, it also brought to him the attention of mobster Al Capone. It has been stated that Al Capone admired the determination and drive it took to track the three mobsters down and soon had Jack was on his payroll as an enforcer. As the money rolled in and Jack rose through the ranks, he bought a part ownership of a speakeasy that is still open to this day, the infamous Green Mill, it was smack in the middle of the rival "Bugs" Moran territory. In 1927, the manager of Green Mill ask Jack to persuade comedian/singer Joe E. Lewis not to move his act south to rival territory, when Lewis refused, the violence was evident with Jack when he slit Lewis's throat, cutting off a portion of his tongue and leaving him for dead. However, Lewis eventually recovered and resumed his career. In 1929, the St. Valentine's Day Massacre would occur, killing seven members of his rival "Bugs" Moran gang. Jack was arrested but never brought to trial for this act, any part he may have played in the massacre was never proven thanks to his then girlfriend Louise Rolfe, who gave him a solid alibi. Some say Jack planned the brazen attack, others are not so quick to give him all the credit. In April 1930, Frank J. Loesch, chairman of the Chicago Crime Commission compiled his "Public Enemies" list, Jack was the fourth name on this list, it was published nationwide. With this notoriety Jack was shunned from the "Outfit". With nothing else to do, Jack decided to try his hand at becoming a professional golfer. In August 1933, the Western Open Golf championship began, Jack entered the competition as Vincent Gebhardi. An alert Chicago police detective saw the name and immediately sent two sergeants to arrest him. A day after the seven year anniversary of the St. Valentine's Massacre, Jack was shot while bowling, his shooters were never found.

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  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Jack “Machine Gun Jack” McGurn (2 Jul 1903–15 Feb 1936), Find a Grave Memorial no. 2649, citing Mount Carmel Catholic Cemetery, Hillside, Cook County, Illinois, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .