John Dillinger was born on June 22, 1903 in Indianapolis, Indiana. He joined the United States Navy in 1923, but he hated it and deserted after a few months. He was dishonorably discharged and moved back to Indiana, where he married a woman named Beryl Hovious. Only, he found it difficult to work every day and was fired repeatedly. His social and marriage life suffered because of it, leading to his wife leaving him.
On one night in 1924, he was drunk with a friend and they physically assaulted a local grocer, Frank Morgan. They were identified by witnesses and were arrested. Being unable to afford a decent attorney, Dillinger was sentenced to a full ten years in prison. Dillinger spent most of his time in prison by studying bank robbery . He also met Harry Pierpont, a man who would later form a gang with Dillinger. He was released in 1933 on parole, but arrested only four months later after robbing several banks.
Shortly after, he was broken out of prison by several members of his gang. The group continued to rob more banks and hide from the police until Dillinger was captured again Tucson, Arizona. He was sent back to Crown Point, Indiana, where he stood trial for the murder of a police officer during a bank robbery. He was once again sentenced to prison, this time in Crown Point, Indiana's jail. The jail was dubbed "escape-proof", but failed to live up to its reputation when Dillinger managed to escape by carving a fake gun out of wood and turning it black with shoe polish. Once out of his cell, he ordered the guards into a closet, then escaped in a police patrol car after disabling the others parked at the jail.
Unfortunately, Dillinger then made the mistake of crossing the state line in a stolen...