Monday, July 26, 2010
MONUMENT AND GRAVE OF DEAN C. O'BANION - Mount Carmel Cemetery, Hillside, Cook County, IL
Dean O'Banion was a rival of Al Capone. His business was bootlegging. However, his job in the legitimate world was running one of Chicago's biggest flower shops. It was in his own flower shop that some of Capone's men came to see Dean one day in 1924. Dean thought they were there to order flowers and as he extended his hand to shake theirs they responded by shooting him to death. Needless to say, Dean's funeral had probably the biggest floral tributes of any gangland funeral before or since and was the standard by which all gangland funerals would be judged. The grave is simple, but with a very tall and obelisk that is nicely crafted at the base with the family name and a cross.