The Nation's No. 1 Outlaw-John Dillinger Tipton Tribune

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TfOWS 1 Indiana Farm Boy Has Led a Life of Crime Since Back in 1924. ANOTHER JESSE JAMES iu (By United Press). Less than four months as the leader of the nation's .most notorious notorious gang of criminals earned John Dillinger the police listing as America's public enemy No. I 1 . His latest foray into Indiana when he visited Warsaw and raided raided the police station early Friday morning again brings the noted outlaw into national prominence. His leadership of a gang that included several escaped convicts extended from his liberation from Lima, 0., jail to his capture in Tucson, Ariz., on Jan. 25. During that period the Dillinger gang was reputed to have obtained obtained more than $200,000 in a dozen or more middle western bank robberies.* At least three police officers were slain by tbo gang. Dillinger was born on an Indiana Indiana farm near Mooresville 31 years ago. His youth was spent in school and doing farm work. ; He left the farm, where his 70-year-old father still lives, at t^e age of 20. By his own account he "fell into bad company." His career of crime, so far as police records show, began in the summer summer of 1924. Dillinger and a companion waylaid waylaid Frank Morgan, G5-year-old grocer, and beat him severely duiv ing a robbery attempt. He was arrested, arrested, convicted and sentenced to two to 14 years in the Indiana state reformatory. During his stay there Dillinger was far from a model prisoner. He was punished repeatedly for infractions of prison rules. He tried twice to escape. After serving serving four years of his sentence ho was paroled in 1928. There was no record of how Dillinger spent his next few months, but in 1929 he was arrested arrested for the robbery of a grocery grocery store in Grovetown, Ind. On July 16, 1929, he was sentenced to six to 10 years in the state prison at Michigan City. In the Michigan City prison Dillinger met the men he later was to lead in a bloody campaign of banditry. Among them were John Hamilton, Harry Pierpont, Russell Clark and John Makley. Dillinger was paroled from state prison on May 23, 1933. Four months later he engineered a prison break, which resulted in. the freedom of Hamilton. Pierpont, Pierpont, Clark, Makley and five other other convicts. A week later Dillinger was arrested arrested and Jailed in Lima, O., on bank robbery charge. On the night of Oct. 12 the convicts repaid repaid Dillinger for his efforts in securing their freedom. They murdered Sheriff Jesse Sarber in liberating ' him. Pierpont and Makley were captured captured with Dillinger in Tucson Ariz.,' convicted of the murder of Sheriff - Sarber and sentenced to death'. Clark, also captured in Tucson, was sentenced to life imprisonment. imprisonment. [ PAPER NEW DESIGNS , COMING IN DAILY Make ^Your Order for Mothers Day ON DISPLAY BLUE FRONT DRUG STORE A few days after the Lima slaying the gang launched on a series of daring bank robberies. A reign of terror spread throughout throughout the middle west, centering, in Indiana. All police of Indiana were mobilized by the governor. Three Indiana banks yielded $90,000. A Racine, Wis., bank was robbed of $10,000. A Chicago bank was looted of 58,700. Police identified Dillinger gangsters as the robbers. Half a dozen other robberies were attributed to the gang. On Dec. 14 the second victim of the gang. Patrolman William Shankey, was shot to death m Chicago when, he attempted to arrest arrest Hamilton. The; search for i the gang centered in Chicago, j Indiana\ prisons, which lie eharae- Dillingcr and a woman companion, terized as "schools of crime." for negro reported Dillinger was' in the vicinity. ! All highways in that area were blocked and the occupants of automobiles automobiles leaving the district closely scrutinized. Dillinger, if the negro told the truth, slipped through the closely-drawn lines. 1 A week later police raided a Chicago apartment where Dillinger Dillinger and two companions, one a woman; had lived from March 4 until a | few days before the raid. Dillinger was believed to have had a plastic surgeon remove a mole' and scar on his chin. On March 31 federal officers, who had joined in the search, raided an apartment in St. Paul. Three member^ of the gang, one of whom may have been Dillinger, shot their way out of the trap and escaped. Dillinger 's fingerprints fingerprints were found in the apartment. apartment. Police described Dillinger ,.as the most dangerous criminal alive. Orders were issued to shoot him on sight. The gangster boasted after his capture at Tucson that lie never would be captured alive again if j given the remotest chance to shoot his way out.' A legend of daring, cunning" and ruthless "•• cruelty grew up around Dillinger. In Crown Point jail he saw that he had embarked upon a course from, which there was no turning back. The end. ho recognized, must be death—at the hands of officers armed with guns or jn the electric chair. He blamed "biid company" and shot their way out of a police trap. • The ganj; next, made its appearance appearance in East Chicago, Ind.. where the First National Hank was robbed of $20,000. Dillinger was identified as the machine gunner gunner who killed Patrolman Wil* Ham O'Malley. It was. reported, but never established, that h'i died of'his wounds. The East Chicago robbery was j on Jan. 15. Ten days later u group \ of small-town officers rounded tip tho gang without a shot being. fired. Dillinger had led thr-je members of his gang and four women to Tucson, in search of "a new field." Dillinger" was returned to Chicago Chicago by airplane and escorted by 20 automobile-loads of officers to Crown Point, Ind.. jail., whore he was placed in the keeping of Sheriff.Lillian Holley. Indiana's only woman sheriff placed 32 guards on night-, and day shifts about the jail. She reported reported Dillinger was a "model prisoner." H<j was held for trial on charges o.f murdering Patrolman Patrolman O'Malley. A few days before his trial w.is scheduled to bo held the cunning desperado bluffed his way out of jail with a w,oodcB pistol which he had fashioned in his Cell from a broom handle and a safety razor. His escape on March 3 was the signal for one of the most intensive intensive man-hunts in the history of the middle west. With him lie took'Herbert Youngblood, a negvo cellmate. Two hostages, a deputy sheriff and a garage mechanic, were released near Peotone. 111. Armed with a machine gun which he had taken from a national national guardsman in, the jail, Dillinger Dillinger fled in,Sheriff Holley's automobile, automobile, taken from a nearby garage. The automobile was found abandoned in Chicago the next day. Youngblood was trapped in a grocery store in Port Huron, Mich., and slain on March 16. An officer was killed and another wounded in the gun battle. The ! his plight. "I'd like to go bad; j to the farm and start all over ! again." jhe said. "I'd go straight." Dillinger's cunning and cruelty ! surpassed that (if the infamous i Gerald 'Chapman, officers sai'1. j History ; records his counterpart-, j in a lesser degree, in Dick Tiirpin. ; Englishj highwayman, and Je.ss -j j James, khe early American road I agent'. \ Farm Huicaii .Meeting. The Jackson township farm bureau j will hold its regnlar monthly meeting Tuesday. April 17, at » p.. in., at the high school auditorium in Arcadia. The speaker speaker of the evening will be A. S. Thomas, who is lield representative representative of j the live stock marketing department. Mr. Thomas, will havo sqme things of interest to bring before live stock farmer* ol tho (township. Refund checks from thi* Producers'{ Producers'{ Commission Association will bo distributed to member patrons. William Waltz will giva a word picture of the fertilizer factory at Lockland, O., which he recently visited. Thero will bo a program, and refreshments will' be served. Every Every farnier is cordially invited to attend jwith their families. CATCHING MANY FISH. Qilillh.-tlrli* in Largo Schools Reported Reported in Cicero Creek. Local fishermen the past few days have been landing a number number of! fish from Cicero cree!t mostly | what are known as quill- backs which while containing a number of bones are said to have an excellent flavor. The fish are said to be in larg<i schools and in places so thick they can be hooked out nf the water by a person who knows how to use a pole and linn for tbi3 purpose. Hooks are not baited but us;d only for snaring. Tribune "Want Ads Pay. DILLINGER RAIDS WARSAW JAIL.

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  2. 14 Apr 1934, Sat,
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