by John Beineke
Indiana Historical Society Press, 2014
eISBN: 978-0-87195-372-8 | Cloth: 978-0-87195-353-7
Library of Congress Classification HV6248.D5B45 2014
Dewey Decimal Classification 364.1523092

During the bleak days of the Great Depression, news of economic hardship often took a backseat to articles on the exploits of an outlaw from Indiana—John Dillinger. For a period of fourteen months during 1933 and 1934 Dillinger became the most famous bandit in American history, and no criminal since has matched him for his celebrity and notoriety.

Dillinger won public attention not only for his robberies, but his many escapes from the law. The escapes he made from jails or “tight spots,” when it seemed law officials had him cornered, became the stuff of legends. While the public would never admit that they wanted the “bad guy” to win, many could not help but root for the man who appeared to be an underdog.

Although his crime wave took place in the last century, the name Dillinger has never left the public imagination

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