Introduction: Historical and iconic Bank robber and “America’s First Celebrity.” II.
Identifying the start of his life and family history a.
Born John Herbert Dillinger June 22, 1903
Oak Hill Section
John Wilson Dillinger and Mary Ellen “Mollie” Lancaster d.
One sister, Audrey Dillinger
Born March 6, 1889
Mary Ellen dies in 1907
Dillinger is nearly four years old
Father remarried to Elizabeth "Lizzie" Fields
Robbed a local grocery store with Ed Singleton.
Were spotted by a minister
Reported them to the police.
The two men were arrested the next day.
Singleton pleaded not guilty
Dillinger's father convinced him to confess to the crime k.
Convicted of assault and battery with intent to rob, and conspiracy to commit a felony. m.
Sentenced to 10 to 20 years in prison.
En route to the prison, Dillinger briefly escaped xi.
Apprehended within a few minutes.
Indiana State Prison in Michigan City.
“I’ll be the meanest bastard you ever saw when I get out of here.” xiii.
Befriended other criminals
Harry Pierpont of Muncie and Russell "Boobie" Clark of Terre Haute 2.
Taught Dillinger how to be a successful criminal. xiv.
The men planned heists for after they were released. p.
John Dillinger studied Herman Lamm's meticulous bank-robbing system and used it extensively throughout his criminal career. q.
John’s father launched a campaign to have him released, and was able to xv.
188 signatures on a petition.
Dillinger was paroled on May 10, 1933
Served four and a half years.
Released at height of Great Depression
Little prospect of work
Returned to crime
August 14, 1933 robbed a bank in Bluffton, OH
Transferred to Allen County Jail
the first bank he ever robbed was The National Bank in New Carlisle, Ohio xix.
June 10, 1933
Entered a number of Indiana and Ohio banks by pretending to be a sales representative for a company that sold bank alarm systems to assess security systems and bank vaults of prospective targets. x.
Also pretended to be part of a film company that was scouting locations for a "bank robbery" scene. xxi.
Bystanders would smile as the gang would rob the bank and escape with the loot. xxii.
Stories such as those increased his legend. y.
The Commercial Bank, Daleville, Indiana
July 17, 1933
Montpelier National Bank, Montpelier, Indiana
August 4, 1933
Bluffton Bank, Bluffton, Ohio
August 14, 1933
Massachusetts Avenue State Bank, Indianapolis, Indiana xxix.
September 6, 1933
Central National Bank And Trust Co., Greencastle, Indiana xxxi.
October 23, 1933
American Bank And Trust Co., Racine, Wisconsin
November 20, 1933
Unity Trust And Savings Bank, Chicago, Illinois
December 13, 193
First National Bank, East Chicago, Indiana
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