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|Chicago|  Samuel - Nails - Morton

Birth: 1894

Death: May 13, 1923












Samuel J. "Nails" Morton was a gunman of Dion "Deanie" O'Banion's Northside gang. A World War I veteran, Morton had received the French Croix de Guerre and been promoted to Lieutenant by the wars end. Morton is most noted for the revenge carried out by the North Side Gang after his death. Morton, who was fond of horseback riding, was thrown from his horse while riding in Lincoln Park and trampled to death. Members of the Northside mob, including George "Bugs" Moran, Vincent "The Schemer" Drucci, Earl "Hymie" Weiss, and Louis "Two Gun" Alterie took the horse from the stables and, leading it upon the spot where Morton was killed, shot the horse "with four slugs to the head". It is said that Hymie Weiss later on called the owner of the horse and told him he could come and collect his sadle.


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