Research paper-John Dillinger
Why did John Dillinger rob those banks, did he do it because he needed the money or was he mentally unstable? John had two personalities as a childhood, part of him other people found enjoyable to be around, and another part that was always getting him in trouble with small crimes and violent actions. These two personalities and a violent childhood are signs that point toward him being mentally unstable. John’s troubled personality became more profound in adulthood and the crimes he committed put him in an unrecoverable position that eventually led him to his death.
John Dillinger was born on June 22, 1903 in Indianapolis. He lived in the Oak Hill section which was a middle-class residential neighborhood. He was raised by his father and under heavy discipline most of the time. John was raised as a hard working boy, but was also often getting into trouble. “He would commit small time pranks and petty theft with his neighborhood gang, ‘the Dirty Dozen.’” (John Dillinger Biography). These “petty thefts” later turned into violence. John 's mother died when he was three, and john hated his step mother that his father married. This may have contributed to the stress in John’s childhood.
As a child, john’s true personality began to reveal it’s self as he was often causing or getting into trouble. He left school and got a job working in a machine shop in Indianapolis. John was smart, and remained a hard worker as well, but he quickly became bored and had a tendency to stay out all night. His father was concerned that his teenage son was becoming corrupted. As a result, his father moved his family to a farm near Mooresville, Indiana. This change of location did not affect John though and he continued to act out and a wild manner. “In 1923 Dillinger fell in love, but the girl 's father ended the romance. Embittered, Dillinger stole a car which he later abandoned” (Encyclopedia of World Biography). John enlisted in the
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