John Dillinger killed, 1934

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John Dillinger killed, 1934 - War- DECATUR, ILLINOIS, MONDAY, JULY 23, 1934....
War- DECATUR, ILLINOIS, MONDAY, JULY 23, 1934. jjiumge As He Walks From Movie into Police Trap; Double-Grossed by Girl Friend Following his last capture alive, Jan. 25 this year in Tucson, Ariz., John Dillinger was brought back to the Lake county jail in Crown Point, Ind., and placed in custody of Sheriff Lillian Holley.. He is shown in the upper photo with Prosecuting Attorney Robert G. Estill (with his arm ' around the outlaw's shoulder) and Sheriff Holley, before r snot to LPeatn EPISODES AND SCENES IN THE LIFE OF JOHN DILLINGER his sensational escape March 3. Dillinger, with the glaring look of hatred that he held for the "law," is shown in the center as he appeared before having his face lifted. At the lower left he is pictured at the age of eight months. The farm home which he left to begin a career of crime that led him to notoriety as the nation's No. 1 desperado, is at the lower right. . 10 PAGES m unicago PRICE THREE CENTS. Outlaw Slain As He Reaches For Automatic Nation's No. 1 Desner- ado Recognized Despite "Lifted" Face; Dies in Ambulance. (Copyright 1934) CHICAGO Dillinger's dead! He swaggered from a neighborhood theater last night into the raking fire of government guns. Too late he saw the gleaming steel of the trap set for him. His hand went for his gun. Too late. Three bullets tore into his body one in the neck, two in the body. He staggered, fell. It was the end of John Dillinger. The hour was 10:40 p. m., central daylight savings time. The place was' just outside the Biograph theater, a neighborhood movie at Fullerton and Lincoln avenues, on the Northwest Side,' in territory where the blood of many a Chicago gangster has flowed before. Crowd Sees Finish. Had the climax of this bank robber- desperado-killer's career been pre-arranged it could have been no more sensational. There was even an audience, loitering about the vicinity of the theater, drawn by the presence of so many department of justice agents that for a time soma believed a holdup was planned. Dillinger, his haid dyed a darker hue, tell-tale scars on his cheeka lifted by plastic surgery, gold-rimmed spectacles framing his shifty eyes, his nose straightened, a carefully groomed black moustache adorning his leering lip, and th ' whorls of his fingaptips-' obliterated by" acid, strode" through the lobby and sauntered down the street-Spotted By Police. He passed, apparently' without recognition, Melvin H. Purvis, chief of the Chicago bureau of the de partment of justice. Purvis, seated in a parked car moved his right arm in a casual signal. Several agents leaped forward, their pistols glistening in the garish light. suddenly the mask of insolence dropped from the phantom freebooter's countenance. He darted into an alley, reaching for a pistol for a duel to the death. As he did so, a five-shot fusillade cut him down. Three of the bullets struck him. Two missed their mark and whizzed Into the terrified throngs gathered near the theater, striking the legs of two gaping women spec tators. ; Sprawls in Heap. The infamous fugitive sprawled on the pavement in a crumpled heap. There was a tense silence, then the scores of horrified witnesses, the agents, two Chicago detectives and five officers from East Chicago. Ind., rushed forward. A cordon was thrown about tha body. The curious were herded

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  1. The Decatur Daily Review,
  2. 23 Jul 1934, Mon,
  3. Page 9

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