[36][37] Van Meter, meanwhile, escaped by hopping on a passing coal truck. Because the movie mostly delves into Dillinger's later life, there might still be some things that you don't know about John Dillinger—here's the real true story of the gangster's life and death. Dillinger's father was a grocer by trade and, reportedly, a harsh man. Evelyn "Billie" Frechette met John Dillinger in October 1933, and they began a relationship on November 20. By Eric Meisfjord / July 8, 2020 1:35 pm EST. What he did not realize was that the center of the federal agents' dragnet happened to be Chicago. Clarence Hurt shot twice, Charles Winstead three times, and Herman Hollis once. On December 14, John Hamilton, a Dillinger gang member, shot and killed a police detective in Chicago. And while there were plans to exhume Dillinger's body in 2019 because some of his relatives still believe that that the FBI killed the wrong man, Dillinger's nephew Michael Thompson withdrew his lawsuit against Crown Hill Cemetery in 2020 after they resisted efforts to proceed with the exhumation. CT Tamburello Reveals His Training Secrets. Next, cutting instrument, knife was used to expose the lower skin ... in other words, take off the epidermis and expose the derma, then alternately the acid and the alkaloid was applied as was necessary to produce the desired results.[51]. Both men made it back to the Mooresville farm. A team of federal agents and officers from police forces from outside of Chicago was formed, along with a very small number of Chicago police officers. [25] After escaping from Crown Point, Dillinger reunited with his girlfriend, Evelyn Frechette, just hours after his escape at her half-sister Patsy's Chicago apartment, where she was also staying (3512 North Halsted). They used guns that had been smuggled into their cells, and during their escape they reportedly shot two guards. This page was last edited on 20 December 2020, at 16:47. This content is imported from YouTube. He quickly returned to Cummings, and the two of them waited for Frechette to open the door. Before he died, Youngblood told the officers that Dillinger was in the neighborhood of Port Huron, and immediately officers began a search for the escaped man, but no trace of him was found. But like most famous criminals, John Dillinger’s death was as violent as his dealings. He came in with a drum of machine gun bullets under his arm, threw them on the bed or the couch in the bedroom, and started to talk to Van Meter. He returned from St. Louis on August 25 and was promptly taken into custody. FBI files indicate that Dillinger carved a fake pistol. John Dillinger's parents had married on August 23, 1887. In January of 1934 they decided to temporarily split up, with Pierpont, Clark and Makley heading for Tucson, AZ, and Dillinger and "Red" Hamilton heading back to Chicago. In 1922, he was arrested for auto theft, and his relationship with his father deteriorated. Deaths of celebrity criminals at that time were cause for spectators to attempt to gather souvenirs, and Dillinger was no exception. Dillinger had friends smuggle guns into their cells, with which they escaped, four days after Dillinger's capture. [43] The two would never see each other again. [citation needed], Rita "Polly" Hamilton was a teenage runaway from Fargo, North Dakota. [46], By July 1934, Dillinger had dropped completely out of sight, and the federal agents had no solid leads to follow. He hit Dillinger in the left calf with one of his five shots. Shooting at the Biograph Theater and death. Or maybe not. His father feared that the city was corrupting his son, prompting him to move the family to Mooresville, Indiana, in 1921. The current coronavirus pandemic has led fans to binge watch the TV shows and movies that they may have missed out on, and one recent pick that's been rising in the Netflix rankings is the 2009 film Public Enemies. Death masks not only serve as likenesses. [5][6], John Dillinger was born on June 22, 1903 at 2053 Cooper Street (now Caroline Avenue), Indianapolis, Indiana,[7] the younger of two children born to John Wilson Dillinger (1864–1943) and Mary Ellen "Mollie" Lancaster (1870–1907). Tracked by police from Dayton, Ohio, he was captured and later transferred to the Allen County Jail in Lima to be indicted in connection to the Bluffton robbery. [16], His father launched a campaign to have him released and was able to obtain 188 signatures on a petition. John Herbert Dillinger (* 22.Juni 1903 in Indianapolis, Indiana; † 22. He wanted two warts (moles) removed on the right lower forehead between the eyes and one at the left angle, outer angle of the left eye; wanted a depression of the nose filled in; a scar; a large one to the left of the median line of the upper lip excised, wanted his dimples removed and wanted the angle of the mouth drawn up. They marched Pittenger at gunpoint into the police station, where they stole several more guns and bulletproof vests. On May 28, Loeser was picked up at his home at 7:30 p.m. by O'Leary and Cassidy. The Dillinger Gang robbed more than a dozen banks in the Midwest between September 1933 and July 1934, and they killed about 10 people. He was back in Indianapolis by 1924, and the 21-year-old married a 16-year-old named Beryl Ethel Hovious and attempted to settle down. The men planned heists that they would commit soon after they were released. Green called his associate Dr. Clayton E. May at his office at 712 Masonic Temple in downtown Minneapolis (still extant). After waiting two to three minutes, Coulter went to the basement apartment of the caretakers, Louis and Margaret Meidlinger, and asked to use the phone to call the bureau. "Bandits Bind Cashier, Clerk and Assistant", U.S. District Court, District of MN, USA vs. Evelyn Frechette, et al., pp. Wikipedia. [72], Lester Joseph Gillis ("Baby Face Nelson"), "Dillinger" redirects here. On March 30, Coffey went to the FBI's St. Paul field office to file a report, including information about the couple's new Hudson sedan parked in the garage behind the apartments. He attempted to settle down, but he had difficulty holding a job and preserving his marriage. Cummings shot back with a revolver, but quickly ran out of ammunition. [citation needed]. She informed authorities of his whereabouts. In April 1934, the gang was hiding out at the Little Bohemia Lodge in Wisconsin, and the FBI found out. [42][48], According to Art O'Leary, as early as March 1934, Dillinger expressed an interest in plastic surgery and had asked O'Leary to check with Piquett on such matters. Dillinger had mocked up the plan to help his friends escape from the Indiana State prison, and four days after his arrest, the first Dillinger Gang (Pete Pierpont, Russell Clark, Charles Makley, Ed Shouse, Harry Copeland, and John “Red” Hamilton) escaped from prison. [62] Winstead was later thought to have fired the fatal shot, and as a consequence received a personal letter of commendation[specify] from J. Edgar Hoover. During the robbery, Dillinger had struck a victim on the head with a machine bolt wrapped in a cloth and had also carried a gun which, although it discharged, hit no one. We have a duty to the families we serve to ensure the safety and integrity of the Cemetery which is threatened by the proposed exhumation...Additionally, we received notice that not all of Mr. Dillinger’s next of kin agree with the exhumation. 154–55, Piquett vs USA, Loeser's testimony, pp. [13] The two were married on April 12, 1924. She agreed to wear an orange dress,[55] so police could easily identify her. He was an abusive force at times who would hit his son for perceived insubordination and then give him money for treats. [49], Cassidy administered an overdose of ether, which caused Dillinger to suffocate. Dillinger courted publicity. 473–87, 501, Piquett vs USA, Loeser's testimony, pp. "Certificate of Birth: Beryl Hovious" Morgan County Health Department. Less than a month of after his release from prison, Dillinger robbed his first bank, taking $10,000 from the New Carlisle National Bank in Ohio. "Crown Hill objects to the exhumation of John Dillinger," said cemetery management in a statement to the I-Team on Wednesday afternoon. [20][21] He was later escorted back to Indiana by Matt Leach,[22] the chief of the Indiana State Police, and imprisoned within the Crown Point jail sometime after committing a robbery at a bank located in East Chicago, Indiana, on January 15, 1934. Dillinger convalesced at Dr. May's for five days, until Wednesday, April 4. Matthias Dillinger was born in Gisingen, near Dillingen in present-day Saarland. He returned to Chicago in July 1934 and sought refuge in a brothel owned by Ana Cumpănaș. As a teenager, Dillinger was frequently in trouble with the law for fighting, petty theft, and was noted for his "bewildering personality" and bullying the smaller children. Loeser used a mixture of nitric and hydrochloric acid—commonly known as aqua regia. The two men were arrested the next day. [32], The next morning at approximately 10:15, Nalls circled around the block looking for the Hudson, but observed nothing. Swarms of police showed up at the accident scene within hours. The group, known as "the First Dillinger Gang", consisted of Pete Pierpont, Russell Clark, Charles Makley, Ed Shouse, Harry Copeland, and John "Red" Hamilton, a member of the Herman Lamm Gang. As a legend, he was known as “Public Enemy Number One.” His exploits during the depth of the Great Depression made him a headline news celebrity and one of the most feared gangsters of the 20th century.As a boy, John Dillinger was const… Deputy Sheriff Charles Cavanaugh was mortally wounded in the battle and died a few hours later. "[8]:26 His physical examination upon being admitted to the prison showed that he had gonorrhea. The Dillinger Gang was so dangerous because of their modern usage of lookouts, vault men, and getaway maps, and they also had machine guns and bulletproof vests at their disposal. [14] The two robbed a local grocery store, stealing $50. Dillinger is known to have participated with The Dillinger Gang in twelve separate bank robberies, between June 21, 1933 and June 30, 1934. One bullet hit Dillinger in the back of the neck and exited through his right eye. Came back to the U.S. of A. and lived a long and uneventful life and died in Spokane, Washington, under another name. John Obituary is yet to be learnt by us, We are yet to confirm the deceased obituary. Agents yelled for the car to stop, but the men had been drinking and did not hear the agents. Dillinger and his father were both stunned by the harsh sentence, and while his father tried to plead with the judge for a shorter sentence, it was to no avail. Billie drove the new Ford V8, with two of Dillinger's nieces, Mary Hancock in the front seat and Alberta Hancock in the back. [1], After evading police in four states for almost a year, Dillinger was wounded and went to his father's home to mend. Asked where his samples were, Van Meter said they were in his car. While the BOI agents ducked for cover, Dillinger and his men got out the back of the lodge toward the lake and were able to get out of the area very quietly. [8]:26 While leaving the scene, the criminals were spotted by a minister who recognized the men and reported them to the police. She had remained friends with Sage and was sharing living space with Sage and Sage's 24-year-old son, Steve, at 2858 Clark Street. Is John Dillinger dead or alive? Sensing trouble, Billie went in first. The exhumation was scheduled for December 31, 2019. According to Billie's trial testimony, Dillinger stayed with her there for "almost two weeks", but the two actually had traveled to the Twin Cities and moved into the Santa Monica Apartments, Unit 106, 3252 Girard Avenue South, Minneapolis, Minnesota on March 4 (moving out on March 19)[26][27] and met up with Hamilton (who had been recovering for the past month from his gunshot wounds in the East Chicago robbery), and the two mustered up a new gang consisting of themselves and Baby Face Nelson's gang, including Nelson, Homer Van Meter, Tommy Carroll and Eddie Green. [10][61] According to investigators, Dillinger died without saying a word. Handkerchiefs were whipped out and used to mop up the blood. Loeser testified that he worked for only about 30 minutes before O'Leary and Piquett had left. [10], Dillinger had helped conceive a plan for the escape of Pierpont, Clark, and six others he had met while in prison, most of whom worked in the prison laundry. They had three children, Hubert M. Dillinger (1913–1974) Doris M. Dillinger Hockman (1918–2001) and Frances Dillinger Thompson (1922–2015). Upon hearing Van Meter firing at Coulter, Dillinger opened fire through the door with a Thompson submachine gun, sending Cummings scrambling for cover. Recognizing Van Meter, Nalls pointed out the Ford to Coulter and told him to disable it. 75–80, USA vs May, Frechette, et al., testimony from Coffey and Nalls, USA vs. May/Frechette, et al. The three-story apartment complex[29] had 32 apartments — 10 units on each floor, plus two basement units. Dillinger tried to grab his pistol and run, but agents Clarence Hurt, Charles Winstead, and Herman Hollis shot at him, with four bullets striking him. Dillinger was on the floor of the car. After Dillinger's death, Billie was offered money for her story and wrote a memoir for the Chicago Herald and Examiner in August 1934. p. 17. Meanwhile, Coulter and Cummings knocked on the door of apartment 303. The two then traveled to the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, where they visited Hamilton's sister Anna Steve. [39] Once Cummings retreated, Dillinger and Frechette hurried down the stairs, exited through the back door and drove away in the Hudson. 97–98, Cromie and Pinkston, "Dillinger: A Short and Violent Life, p. 189, USA vs. May/Frechette, Clayton May's testimony, pp. TIlls bullet pas~ed.superficially leavinG thru an openiI1L~ in the mid-axillary line over the 8th rib on the left Gide. [23], On March 16, Herbert Youngblood, who escaped from Crown Point alongside Dillinger, was shot dead by three police officers in Port Huron, Michigan. He didn't say anything about the fingers that day to me. On July 22, 1934, 31-year-old Dillinger was killed by FBI agents as he left the Biograph Theater in Chicago. From the Kinolibrary archive film collections. She asked him what show was he going to see, and he said he would 'like to see the theater around the corner,' meaning the Biograph Theater. The treatment for his condition was extremely painful. 0 points [citation needed], Loeser met with Piquett again on Saturday, June 2, with Piquett saying that more work was needed on Dillinger and that Van Meter now wanted the same work done to him. They claimed that they had orders to extradite Dillinger to Indiana, but when Sheriff Jess Sarber, asked to see their badges, a member of the gang shot him dead. Three days after Dillinger's escape from Crown Point, the second Gang robbed a bank in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Sam Cahoon, a trustee that Dillinger first took hostage in the jail, believed Dillinger had carved the gun with a razor and some shelving in his cell. In August 1933, Dillinger robbed another bank in Ohio, but he was later caught and taken to the Allen County Jail. [citation needed]Relationship with Evelyn Frechette [edit | edit source]. On July 22, 1934, local and federal law enforcement closed in on the Biograph Theater. [9] Matthias Dillinger was born in Gisingen, near Dillingen in the present-day German state of Saarland. His nephew and his niece quit those plans and History Channel also cancelled the idea. Nossir. The Ambush and Death of Gangster John Dillinger. The building was placed under surveillance by two agents, Rufus Coulter and Rusty Nalls, that night, but they saw nothing unusual, mainly because the blinds were drawn. John Dillinger Cause Of Death. Dillinger still refused to go back to school, and when he was arrested for auto theft in 1992, he chose to enlist in the Navy. After his release, Dillinger immediately returned to a life of crime. Nossir. Also in attendance at the game were Dillinger's lawyer, Louis Piquett, and Captain John Stege of the Dillinger Squad. John Dillinger was born on June 22, 1903, in Indianapolis, Indiana. The local police boasted to area newspapers that the jail was escape-proof and posted extra guards as a precaution. Did Bo-Katan Really Have to Refuse the Darksaber? Dillinger was depressed, withdrawn, and bitter due to his long sentence, although he made friends with seasoned bank robbers while in prison. To order the clip clean and high res visit http://www.kinolibrary.com. DeadDeath is yet to get information on the deceased cause and details of death from the family member. In mid-1934, Dillinger went to Chicago, and he tried to remain relatively anonymous as the FBI had named him as Public Enemy Number One and announced a reward for his capture. [55] Not wanting to take the risk of another embarrassing escape of Dillinger, the police were split into two groups. [42][55] Natalsky was shot and was subsequently taken to Columbus Hospital. The four men escaped back to Indiana, where they joined the rest of the gang. Sage died in 1947 in Romania, to which she had been deported. Cassidy and I worked on Dillinger and Van Meter simultaneously on June 3. That shot killed him. [70], In October 2019, Indiana state officials approved plans to exhume the remains buried in Dillinger's grave, at the request of Dillinger's relatives who believe that the man shot at the Biograph theater was not actually Dillinger. They divorced in March 1933. He called the Chicago police, who dutifully responded and had to be waved off by the federal agents, who told them that they were on a stakeout for an important target. Nelson lost his temper and gave chase, crowding Kidder to the curb. Public Enemies is quite a popular watch during quarantine. John Dillinger and his gang were responsible for 10 deaths, three jail breaks and more than 20 bank robberies before he was finally gunned down by law enforcement on July 22, 1934, just two months after Bonnie and Clyde were ambushed and killed by law enforcement in Louisiana. However, fingerprints from the body matched those taken from Dillinger in previous arrests, and Dillinger's sister positively identified his body before burial. The 30 Best Star-Wars Themed Holiday Gifts, Why Gideon Was Afraid of Luke on 'The Mandalorian', Where the Season 5 Cast of Below Deck Med Is Now, Inside Luke Skywalker’s ‘Mandalorian’ Fight Scene. On April 6, Hubert and Dillinger left Mooresville at about 8:00 p.m. and proceeded to Leipsic, Ohio (approximately 210 miles away), to see Joseph and Lena Pierpont, parents of Prohibition Era gangster, Harry Pierpont. Agents already had the alley closed off. According to Deputy Ernest Blunk, Dillinger had escaped using a real pistol. Singleton pleaded not guilty, but after Dillinger's father (the local Mooresville Church deacon) discussed the matter with Morgan County prosecutor Omar O'Harrow, his father convinced Dillinger to confess to the crime and plead guilty without retaining a defense attorney. Shots rang out. Dillinger was an Indiana boy gone bad: he went AWOL from the U.S. … Much of the controversy surrounding Dillinger’s death has to do with the post-mortem identification of his body. At about 10:30 a.m. on April 7, Billie, Hubert and Hubert's wife purchased a black four-door Ford V8, registering it in the name of Mrs. Fred Penfield (Billie Frechette). O'Leary said that, on another occasion, "that Probasco told him, 'the son of a bitch has gone out for one of his walks'; that he did not know when he would return; that Probasco raved about the craziness of Dillinger, stating that he was always going for walks and was likely to cause the authorities to locate the place where he was staying; that Probasco stated frankly on this occasion that he was afraid to have the man around. [1][8], Division of Investigations chief J. Edgar Hoover created a special task force headquartered in Chicago to locate Dillinger. [10] His father told reporters he regretted his advice and was appalled by the sentence. [38], Frechette, in her harboring trial testimony, said that she told Dillinger that the police had showed up after speaking to Cummings. Nalls's testimony, p. 90, USA vs. May/Frechette, Coulter's testimony, pp. [8], Dillinger and Hamilton, a Billie Frechette look-a-like,[1][8] met in June 1934 at the Barrel of Fun night club located at 4541 Wilson Avenue. Dr. May was promised $500 for his services, but received nothing. As Coulter got to the lobby on the ground floor, Van Meter opened fire on him. After Dillinger's father remarried, Dillinger reportedly had a bad relationship with his stepmother and strict father. Coulter told her they would wait. During the stakeout, the Biograph's manager thought the agents were criminals setting up a robbery. [19], Dillinger and the rest of his gang were captured in Tucson, Arizona, on January 25, 1934. 590–92, Girardin/Helmer, "Dillinger: The Untold Story", p. 274, Millett, Larry, AIA Guide to St. Paul's Summit Avenue & Hill District (2009), p. 68, USA vs May/Frechette, Cutting's testimony, pp. The origin of the "Death Mask" of John Dillinger has been discussed by many over the years and copies are still found at auctions. [15], Within Indiana Reformatory and Indiana State Prison, from 1924 to 1933, Dillinger began to become embroiled in a criminal lifestyle. Helmer, William J.; Mattix, Rick (1998). The Parties agree that these Conditions of Sale, and any other related agreement(s) are governed by the laws of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, without regard for its conflict of laws principles. Cowley report, August 1, 1934. Dillinger is said to have failed to surrender, running into a side alley by the theater where a shoot-out ensued. What do you think? The fatal bullet entered through the back of his neck, severed the spinal cord, passed into his brain and exited just under the right eye, severing two sets of veins and arteries. According to Hubert, his brother planned to pay a visit with the bullwhip to his former one-armed "shyster" lawyer at Crown Point, Joseph Ryan, who had run off with his retainer after being replaced by Louis Piquett. [8]:24, Dillinger was convicted of assault and battery with intent to rob, and conspiracy to commit a felony. We learn that the notorious bank robber, who became Public Enemy #1 in the early 1930s, tried to alter his fingerprints with acid. He underwent some plastic surgery, in order to make himself less recognizable, but it's also rumored that he attended a Chicago Cubs game in June and July of that year. The media ran exaggerated accounts of his bravado and colorful personality and cast him as a Robin Hood. She was promptly arrested by agents, but refused to reveal Dillinger's whereabouts. Audrey married Emmett "Fred" Hancock that year and they had seven children together. [8]:9 In an interview with reporters, Dillinger said that he was firm in his discipline and believed in the adage "spare the rod and spoil the child". Coulter waited 10 to 20 seconds, then followed Van Meter. John Dillinger and his bride had no income, so the couple moved into the house on Dillinger's father's farm. John Dillinger's parents had married on August 23, 1887. [24], Dillinger was indicted by a local grand jury, and the Bureau of Investigation (a precursor of the Federal Bureau of Investigation)[4] organized a nationwide manhunt for him. The FBI has dismissed this claim as a "conspiracy theory". [citation needed]. [68], Dillinger is buried at Crown Hill Cemetery in Indianapolis. Green visited Dillinger on Monday, April 2, just hours before Green would be mortally wounded by the FBI in St. Paul. Girardin, G. Russell, Helmer, William J., Mattix, Rick. Discover the real story, facts, and details of John Dillinger. [28], Dillinger and Billie then moved into apartment 303 of the Lincoln Court Apartments, 93–95 South Lexington Avenue (now Lexington Parkway South) in St. Paul, Minnesota on Tuesday, March 20, using the aliases "Mr. & Mrs. Carl T. Hellman". 1“. [8]:14 He quit school to work in an Indianapolis machine shop. Special Agent in Charge Purvis and several BOI agents approached the lodge when three men exited the building and began to drive off. Juli 1934 in Chicago, Illinois) war ein US-amerikanischer Gangster, der sich mit seiner Bande auf Bankraub spezialisierte.. Das FBI setzte auf ihn ein Kopfgeld von 10.000 US-Dollar aus (etwa 190.000 US-Dollar nach heutiger Kaufkraft) und erklärte ihn als erste Person überhaupt zum „Staatsfeind Nr. He expected a lenient probation sentence as a result of his father's discussion with O'Harrow, but instead was sentenced to 10 to 20 years in prison for his crimes. Agents opened up fire on the car and the driver was killed. The elder Dillinger was a somber churchgoer who owned a neighborhood grocery store and some rental houses. She was a Romanian immigrant threatened with deportation for "low moral character"[54] and offered agents information on Dillinger in exchange for their help in preventing her deportation. Pat Garrett didn't actually shoot Billy the Kid, either. Minor work was done two nights later, Tuesday, June 5. She cared for her brother John for several years until their father remarried in 1912 to Elizabeth "Lizzie" Fields (1878–1933). You may be able to find the same content in another format, or you may be able to find more information, at their web site. [8]:22 He became embittered against society because of his long prison sentence and befriended other criminals, such as seasoned bank robbers like Harry "Pete" Pierpont, Charles Makley, Russell Clark, and Homer Van Meter, who taught Dillinger how to be a successful criminal. The Bureau, or Division, of Investigations - precursor to federal jurisdiction and 1935 name change to FBI -[44][45] received a call Sunday morning, April 22 that John Dillinger and several of his confederates were hiding out at a small vacation lodge called Little Bohemia near present-day Manitowish Waters, Wisconsin. John Dillinger Obituary. Several witnesses, and the coroner, reported that the man who was shot had brown eyes, but Dillinger's eyes were grey. 152–62, FBI Dillinger File 62-29777, Peggy Doyle statement, Helmer/Mattix, "The Complete Public Enemy Almanac". [53], On Friday, July 27, Probasco fell to his death from the 19th floor of the Bankers' Building in Chicago while in custody. Cumpănaș revealed that Dillinger was spending his time with another prostitute, Polly Hamilton, and that she and the couple were going to see a movie together on the following day. FBI Agent Melvin Purvis tried to assemble a team to storm the lodge and capture Dillinger and his gang, but it didn't work—not only did the Dillinger gang escape unharmed, but the FBI killed innocent bystanders and lost a member of their team in the gunfight exchange. KWWS ZZZ DXWRSV\ILOHV RUJ '\ " ) \ } 4-Bu1lct wound of entrance in the mid-clavicular line over the 7th costal inters})ace. Some people believed that the man who was actually killed was the petty criminal and Dillinger look alike Jimmy Lawrence. Upon being admitted to the prison, he is quoted as saying, "I will be the meanest bastard you ever saw when I get out of here. He had been betrayed by brothel owner Ana Cumpănaș (nicknamed the Woman in Red), as she offered the FBI information on Dillinger and his whereabouts in exchange for their help in preventing her deportation to Romania—however, she was still deported in 1936. [10], When the film ended, Purvis[59] stood by the front door and signaled Dillinger's exit by lighting a cigar. [42], The following afternoon, Monday, April 9, Dillinger had an appointment at a tavern at 416 North State Street. John Dillinger, in full John Herbert Dillinger, (born June 22, 1903, Indianapolis, Indiana, U.S.—died July 22, 1934, Chicago, Illinois), American criminal who was perhaps the most famous bank robber in U.S. history, known for a series of robberies and escapes from June 1933 to July 1934.. Dillinger, who was born in Indianapolis, had a difficult childhood. He pleaded with the judge to shorten the sentence, but with no success. The FBI agreed to her terms, but she was later deported nonetheless. [8]:12, Dillinger's older sister, Audrey, was born March 6, 1889. While Coulter stayed with Van Meter's Ford, Nalls went to the corner drugstore and called the local police, then the bureau's St. Paul office, but could not get through because both lines were busy. 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