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Public Enemy No.1
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John Dillinger is hailed as the most famous bank robber in history, active at the height of the U.S. Great Depression. Seen as a modern-day Robin Hood, he was made even more famous by his thrilling prison escapes. He became BOI's, better known today as the FBI, public enemy number one.
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John Dillinger is hailed as the most famous bank robber in history, active at the height of the U.S. Great Depression. Seen as a modern-day Robin Hood, he was made even more famous by his thrilling prison escapes. He became BOI's, better known today as the FBI, public enemy number one.
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today that would amount to $130,000. And just 10 days later, on August 14th, 1933 the three robbed the Citizens National Bank and bluffed in Ohio, taking home about $6000 which today would equal to about 116,000. Yeah, an article written in 2017 documents a Bluffton Natives recollection of this robbery. Ken Hostin said he remembers this well because he was there at the time. He was around seven or eight years old and was playing with his friend at a school playground. They decided to leave and walk up the street toward the bank. When they saw the robbery in motion, he recounts quote, I was sitting on the window of the old bank. John was in the bank. He had a guy with a gun on the teller. The guy turned to me, pointing his gun and then turned back to covering the teller. Evidently, John told him to leave me be because I was just a child. I wasn't scared. I just crawled up on the window sill and watched. I saw them stuffing money into little burlap bags until John was satisfied end. Quote. Mhm. Okay, right around this time he is remembering his friends in prison. He is supposed to be hatching this great escape for them and doing these robberies to finance a breakout plan for them. His plan is to break out Pierpont Clark and six other men he met while in prison. He starts working with two female accomplices, Perle, Eliot and Mary Kinder. They start forming this escape plan, but in the meantime, they keep robbing banks. On September 6th, 1933 they robbed Massachusetts Avenue State Bank in Indianapolis, Indiana, netting $24,000 today that be worth about $464,000 on September 22nd, 1933. Dillinger has some time to kill. He visits his girlfriend, Mary Long Knicker in Dayton, Ohio. This is the same Mary from that photo at the fair that he asked the policemen to take. He started dating her earlier in the year. Some say she was only a lady friend, but some say they were an item. He didn't know at the time that police were tracking him and they caught up to him and Dayton. They received a tip from the landlady that Mary was renting from the police, stormed into Mary's room and arrested Dillinger, and he goes in without a fight. The next day, he is transferred to the Allen County Jail in Lima, Ohio, and he is indicted in connection with the Bluffton robbery. While searching him during booking, they find a document that appears to be an escape plan, and they demand to know what it means. Dillinger refuses and doesn't explain it at all. He ends up incarcerated at the Lime, Ohio jail under the sheriff, Jesse Sarver, and his wife, who lived at the jail building. There is also a deputy there as well, on September 26th, 1933 at 1:30 p.m. Only four days after they found the written plans on Dillinger, eight men escaped from Indiana State Prison. Using those exact plans, Dillinger had planned for a huge load of guns to be hidden and then delivered in a box of thread and smuggled into the shirt factory. They took the assistant warden hostage, and they broke out. During this prison break, Two guards were shot among the eight men that escaped, where Pete Pierpont, Russell Clark, Charles Maclay, Ed Xiao's, Harry Copeland, Walter Dietrich and John Hamilton. Known as Red. These men became known as the first Dillinger Gang, and they go to the gang's hideout in Hamilton, Ohio. The Lima jail is just a little over 100 miles away from the height out, so he realizes all he needs is a little bit of cash and a few guns. And he could repay the favor and get Dillinger out of jail. Yeah, this entire time, John Dillinger is sitting in jail, and on September 29th, 1933 he writes a letter to his father and really confides in him, He writes, I know I've been a big disappointment to you, but I guess I did too much time for where I went. In a carefree boy, I came out bitter toward everything in general. If I had gotten off more immediately when I made my first mistake, this would have never happened. So Dillinger is kind of reflecting a little bit about this whole situation because the
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