“Goodbye” John Dillinger – Died 22 July 1934



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John Herbert Dillinger (June 22, 1903 – July 22, 1934) was an American bank robber in the Depression-era United States

In 1933–34, Dillinger was the most notorious of all, standing out even among more violent criminals such as Baby Face Nelson, Pretty Boy Floyd, and Bonnie and Clyde. Due to his notoriety, he became known as “Public Enemy Number 1”.  This led to J. Edgar Hoover developing a more sophisticated Federal Bureau of Investigation as a weapon against organized crime


On July 22, 1934 in Chicago, the police  and  Federal agents, led by Melvin Purvis and Samuel P. Cowley, moved to arrest Dillinger as he left a theatre. He pulled a weapon and attempted to flee but was shot and killed.


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