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Friday, January 27, 2012

Road Trip to The John Dillinger Museum in Hammond,Indiana

FROM LANCASTER,OHIO TO HAMMOND INDIANA TO VISIT THE JOHN DILLINGER MUSEUM. A MY QUALITY TIME POST

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John Dillinger Museum  7770 Corinne Drive Hammond, IN (219) 989-7979

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“John Herbert Dillinger, Jr. (June 22, 1903 – July 22, 1934) was an American bank robber of German descent in Depression-era United States. He was charged with, but never convicted of, the murder of an East Chicago, Indiana police officer during a shoot-out. This was his only alleged homicide. His gang robbed two dozen banks and four police stations. Dillinger escaped from jail twice.”

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During the 1930s Depression, many Americans, nearly helpless against forces they didn't understand, made heroes of outlaws who took what they wanted at gunpoint.

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“His father, a hardworking grocer, raised him in an atmosphere of disciplinary extremes, harsh and repressive on some occasions, but generous and permissive on others. John's mother died when he was three, and when his father remarried six years later, John resented his stepmother.” I had better tell you where I got the above info or “THEY” might come for me. LOL.Read more at FBI web site

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“As a teenager, Dillinger was frequently in trouble with the law for fighting and petty theft; he was also noted for his "bewildering personality" and bullying of smaller children.”

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100_7324 Dillinger may have thought he was Houdini. He was involved in three jail breaks.

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“Dillinger helped conceive a plan for the escape of Pierpont, Clark and six others from Indiana State Prison (above photo). He had met them while previously in prison, most  worked in the prison laundry. Dillinger had friends smuggle rifles into their prison cells which they used to escape.”

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“Among Dillinger's more celebrated exploits was his pretending to be a sales representative for a company that sold bank alarm systems. He reportedly entered a number of Indiana and Ohio banks and used this ruse to assess security systems and bank vaults of prospective targets.”

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“Dillinger made the mistake that would cost him his life. He stole the sheriff's car and drove across the Indiana-Illinois line, heading for Chicago. By doing that he violated the National Motor Vehicle Theft Act, which made it a federal offense to transport a stolen motor vehicle across a state line.”  J.Edgar Hoover and Melvin Purvis take up the chase..

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Dillinger attended the film Manhattan Melodrama at the Biograph Theater

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“When the movie let out, Special Agent Melvin Purvis stood by the front door and signaled Dillinger's exit by lighting a cigar. Both he and the other agents reported that Dillinger turned his head and looked directly at the agent as he walked by, glanced across the street, then moved ahead of his female companions,  and ran into a nearby alley. Other accounts state Dillinger ignored a command to surrender, whipped out his gun, then headed for the alley. Agents already had the alley closed off, but Dillinger was determined to shoot it out.”

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Dillinger's body was displayed to the public at the Cook County morgue after his death.

100_7394“ Dillinger was buried at Crown Hill Cemetery (Section: 44, Lot: 94) in Indianapolis. His gravestone has had to be replaced several times because of vandalism by people chipping off pieces as souvenirs.”

SPENT SOME TIME IN INDIANA and thanks for stopping by. If you are near Chicago or northern Indiana stop by the museum.

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Always good for a Road Trip

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 See ya later

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FROM LANCASTER,OHIO TO HAMMOND INDIANA TO VISIT THE JOHN DILLINGER MUSEUM. A MY QUALITY TIME POST

YOUTUBE Special thanks to the Museum, WikPedia,and the FBI web site. My photos use them if you like.

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4 comments:

Lona said...

Very interesting stuff Joe. It is amazing that his fame came from breaking the laws. LOL! Only in America. Wow! I have to tell you that eye is freaking me out. LOL!

Sylvia K said...

A very interesting post it is, Joe! I really enjoyed reading it! And, yep, only in the US can become famous as a lawbreaker! LOL!! And a hero in movies! I love it! Hope you have a great week!

Sylvia

Yogi♪♪♪ said...

Very interesting. I'll be checking the museum out if I get close.

Sierramay said...

Interesting place. I wonder why a lawbreaker in America became an admired icon. I would love to see the collection of guns there in the John Dillinger Museum.

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