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« on: July 22, 2017, 08:33:35 am »

John Herbert Dillinger, Public enemy #1, escape artist and bank robber extraordinaire, is killed in a hail of bullets fleeing a police/ FBI ambush outside Chicago's BIOGRAPH theater, where he had been seeing the movie MANHATTAN MELODRAMA with his girl friend, and one Anna Sage, the "Woman in Red" [her dress was actually orange].

Dillinger, whose life of crime went back to the 1920s, had 'hit the big time' when he received a 10 to 20 year sentence for a mugging. In prison, he met and was befriended by several hardened prisoners, who specialized in 'scientific' bank robberies. They included Harry Pierpont and homer Van Meter. Paroled himself, Dillinger began robbing banks and stores, raising money used to break his friends out of prison [successfully]. they then returned the favor, breaking Dillinger out of jail after he was re-arrested. A robbery of a police armory that yielded tommy guns, bullet proof vests and other delights, then saw the gang undertake a string of bank robberies that surpassed in scope and shortness of time anything that preceded them. In a little over a year, the gang robbed some 11 banks.

They were captured in Arizona on vacation. Dillinger was returned to Ohio where he escaped from jail using the so-called wooden gun. He put together a new gang, with Lester Gilles, a/k/a "Baby Face Nelson" and others, but they lacked the machine like efficiency of the earlier gang, and with Nelson, the results were a lot bloodier.

Dillinger was made for J. Edgar Hoover's never ending PR campaign to build up the FBI. But he disproved the adage no publicity is bad publicity with the botched FBI raid on the Little Bohemia lodge. Three civilians were shot by the FBI [one was killed]. Nelson killed an FBI agent and a police officer [Nelson would go on to kill a total of three FBI agents, a 'record' that still stands]. All the criminals escaped.

Dillinger then underwent plastic surgery [ not a very good job], and burned his fingerprints with acid. He was hiding out in Chicago, when Sage, a Romanian fighting extradition over brothel keeping flipped him into law enforcement in the hopes of avoiding deportation, and claiming the $10,000 dollar reward on Dillinger  [she failed on both counts]. She told the FBI Dillinger would be with her at the movies, and that she would be wearing an orange dress as a signal.

Dillinger was caught coming out of the theater. He fled into an alley where he was killed, ostensibly after drawing an automatic pistol. America's crime prince of the '30s was dead.

You can get more with a smile, a handshake and a gun than you can with a smile and a handshake - Al Capone
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