(June 22, 1903 – July 22, 1934)
John Dillinger was a gangster and bank-robber in the Depression-era. He
was charged with, but never convicted of, the murder of an East Chicago
police officer. This was his only alleged kill. His gang robbed two dozen
banks and four police stations. Dillinger escaped from jail twice. On July
22, 1934 the police and Division of Investigation closed in on the Biograph
Theater (photo below). Federal agents, led by Melvin Purvis, moved to
arrest him as he left the theater. He pulled a weapon and attempted to flee
but was shot three times and quickly died from his wounds. Dillinger’s body
was displayed to the public at the county morgue after his death.
The Biograph Theater shortly after Dillinger’s death. (FBI photo)
Dillinger was buried at Crown Hill Cemetery in Indianapolis. His gravestone
has had to be replaced several times because of vandalism by people
chipping off pieces as souvenirs.