Dillinger, John

Dillinger, John

(dĭl`ĭnjər), 1902–34, American bank robber, probably b. Indianapolis. Paroled after serving a prison term for attempted robbery, Dillinger organized a gang and terrorized the Midwest in 1933. He escaped jail twice, was held responsible for 16 killings, and was declared "public enemy number one" before he was shot (July, 1934) in a Chicago street by FBI agents.

Bibliography

See J. R. Nash, The Dillinger Dossier (1983); biographies by R. Cromie and J. Pinkston (1962) and by J. Toland (1963).

Dillinger, John

(1902–1934) murderous gunslinging bank robber of 1930s. [Am. Hist.: Flexner, 290]

Dillinger, John

(1902–34) robber; born in Indianapolis, Ind. He terrorized Indiana, Illinois, and Ohio with bank robberies (1933–34) and became the FBI's "public enemy number one." Betrayed by a woman friend, he was killed by FBI agents in Chicago.
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