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Cornerstone of Holy Name Cathedral, Hit With Bullets From Earl "Hymie" Weiss Execution | by Chicago Crime Scenes
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Cornerstone of Holy Name Cathedral, Hit With Bullets From Earl "Hymie" Weiss Execution

This church faced Schofield's Flower Shop, run by North Side Irish Gang boss Dean O'Banion. After he was killed his successor, Earl "Hymie" Weiss, took over and was later machine-gunned to death by Capone's men shooting from the upper floor windows of a boarding house. Stray machine gun bullets decimated this cornerstone which has since been renovated.

 

Local legend has it that the hole visible here is a bullet hole from the Weiss execution. Newlyweds have been known to stick their fingers in it for good luck. However, close examination shows that the hole was drilled in at a straight angle. A bullet from the shooting would have hit at a severe angle, leaving an elongated gouge and cracking the stone. This is not a bullet hole.

 

On the other hand, the hole above and to the right of the "4" in "A. D. 1874" corresponds to pictures of actual bullet holes taken after the assassination and may be genuine.

 

Located at 735 N. State St.

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Taken on October 18, 2014