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Murray the Camel Humphreys

Al Capone Associate

Published by Robert Grey Reynolds Jr. at Smashwords

Copyright 2017 by Robert Grey Reynolds Jr.

Murray Llewellyn Humphreys (1899-1965) was born to Welsh immigrants, William Bryan Humphreys (1867-1953) and Ana Humphreys (1869-) in Chicago, Illinois. A prominent North Shore family the father was employed as a coachman for a private family. The Humphreys lived on Armour Avenue. Murray left school after the third grade and began selling newspapers to earn money.

By age 13 he was in trouble and in custody of a Chicago judge. Having entered a plea of guilty he served a six-month sentence for petty larceny when he was 16. He listed his name as John Hall the first time he was arrested. On most occasions Humphreys beat the rap after being indicted for crimes. At different times he was charged with disorderly conduct, carrying concealed weapons and robbery.

Still at home with his parents, who had moved to Calument Avenue by 1920, Murray worked as a car mechanic. In 1921 he drifted to Oklahoma where he became a door-to-door salesman.

The February 14, 1929 St. Valentine’s Day Massacre left multiple members of the Chicago syndicate, i.e. Outfit, dead on a North Clark Street garage floor. The slayings’ style and ingenuity reflected the planning of Murray Humphreys. Alphonse Gabriel Al Capone (1899-1947) was visiting the Miami Police Chief Guy C. Reeve in Florida when the shooting occurred

Some historians believe that Humphreys had been one of the machine gunners who carried out the killings. In January 1935 federal prisoner Byron Bolton gave an extended statement about the Massacre to Department of Justice agents. Bolton named Humphreys and four others as the killers. Their names were Gus Winkler, Fred Killer Burke, Claude Maddox and Fred Goetz.


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