BirthdayJune 22, 1903
BirthplaceIndianapolis, USA

Celebrity biographies

  1. About John Dillinger

    Full name: John Dillinger
    Also known as: John Herbert Dillinger, Dillinger, John Herbert
    Professions: American bank robber

  2. John Dillinger Measurements

    Height: 5' 7" (1.7 m)

  3. John Dillinger Death information

    Died: Sunday, 22nd of July, 1934 (Age: 31)

  4. John Dillinger Biography

    Template:Multiple issuesJohn Herbert Dillinger (June 22, 1903 – July 22, 1934) was an American gangster and bank robber in the Depression-era United States. His gang robbed two dozen banks and four police stations. Dillinger escaped from jail twice; he was also charged with, but never convicted of, the murder of an East Chicago, Indiana police officer who shot Dillinger in his bullet-proof vest during a shootout, prompting him to return fire. It was Dillinger's only homicide charge.In the heyday of the Depression-era outlaw, 1933–34, Dillinger was the most notorious of all, standing out even among more violent criminals such as Baby Face Nelson, Pretty Boy Floyd, and Bonnie and Clyde. (Decades later, the first major book about '30s gangsters was titled The Dillinger Days.) Media reports in his time were spiced with exaggerated accounts of Dillinger's bravado and daring and his colorful personality. The government demanded federal action, and J. Edgar Hoover developed a more sophisticated Federal Bureau of Investigation as a weapon against organized crime and used Dillinger and his gang as his campaign platform to launch the FBI.After evading police in four states for almost a year, Dillinger was wounded and returned to his father's home to recover. He returned to Chicago in July 1934 and met his end at the hands of police and federal agents who were informed of his whereabouts by Ana Cumpănaş (the owner of the brothel where Dillinger sought refuge at the time). On July 22, the police and Division of Investigation closed in on the Biograph Theater. Federal agents, led by Melvin Purvis and Samuel P. Cowley, moved to arrest Dillinger as he left the theater. He pulled a weapon and attempted to flee but was shot four times and killed.

  5. John Dillinger Family

    Spouse: Beryl Hovius

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