“All dis for jus’ a speakeasy.” Detective Banks spat, surveying the grisly scene by the garage. “Deez gangsters are despicable.”
A beat cop with Tommy gun in hand nodded. “Yeah, all four of the shooters had to’ve been real bad guys.”
“All four of ’em? Where you pullin’ that number from, kid?”
The beat cop shrugged. “Nowhere.”
“Old ladies in the ‘partment cross the street says four cops did it. You know anything ’bout that?”
“No.” The beat cop sneered, held his Tommy gun a little higher.
Detective Banks spat again. “Case looks unsolvable. Now, clean this mess up.”
This was written for the Carrot Ranch Flash Fiction challenge for February 14th, Valentine. And what can be more Valentine’s than the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre, save for the martyrdom of saints?
Historical Info: On February 14th, 1929, some of Capone’s south-side gangsters teamed with a couple corrupt cops to slaughter 7 enemies in the North Side gang. Though there were suspects in the murder, none of them were ever arrested due to lack of concrete evidence. In this flash, I make the connection between rampant police corruption – which Chicago had at the time – and the unsolved mystery.