On this date back in 1930, Sam Therina, said to be a member of the Cuckoo gang, pulled up in front of a St. Louis hospital, laid on the horn of his coupe then passed out. The reason for his passing out was multiple machine gun bullets in his pelvis. He was carried into the hospital and prepped for surgery.
During the operation police came in to question him. Guess they could do
that back then. He told them that he, two other Cuckoos named Peter
McTigue and James Dormandy along with William Boody, an "agent" with a
plumbing union who happened to have a rap sheet matching the Cuckoo guys,
and some other fella were working a still near the town of Valmeyer, Ill.
According to Therina, he and McTigue were sleeping when machine gun fire
began to rake the shack they were holed up in. Therina jumped up and
was immediately wounded. He heard Boody gasp, "I'm dying." and saw that
McTigue was already a goner. Dormandy and the other guy hightailed it
into the woods.
The gunmen left and Therina managed to get to Boody's coupe and drive
himself to the hospital. Detectives went out to the shack and, sure
enough, there were McTigue and Boody just like Therina said.