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PHOTOS: On this day – July 22, 1934 – John Dillinger gunned down

Posted Jul 22, 2013

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July 22, 1934 – Outside Chicago’s Biograph Theater, “Public Enemy No. 1″ John Dillinger is mortally wounded by FBI agents.

John Dillinger was the most notorious of the Depression-era outlaws, standing out even among more violent criminals such as Baby Face Nelson, Pretty Boy Floyd, and Bonnie and Clyde. He was charged with, but never convicted of, the murder of an East Chicago, Indiana, police officer during a shoot-out. This was his only alleged homicide, and was likely not his action. His gang robbed two dozen banks and four police stations. Dillinger escaped from jail twice. Media reports in his time were spiced with exaggerated accounts of Dillinger’s bravado and daring and his colorful personality. The government demanded federal action, and J. Edgar Hoover developed a more sophisticated Federal Bureau of Investigation as a weapon against organized crime and used Dillinger and his gang as his campaign platform to launch the FBI.

After evading police in four states for almost a year. On July 22, the police and Division of Investigation closed in on the Biograph Theater. As he left the theater, Federal agents led by Melvin Purvis shot and killed him. (AP, Wikipedia)

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