Rise and Fall of the Dillinger Gang

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A historical treatment of the career of the members of the Dillinger gang along with individual member biographies.

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A historical treatment of the career of the members of the Dillinger gang along with individual member biographies.

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  • ISBN-13: 9781581824506
  • Publisher: Turner Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 4/28/2005
  • Pages: 266
  • Sales rank: 952,815
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.22 (h) x 1.07 (d)

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  • Posted August 8, 2009

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    Well, as we know it's good to be self-confident, but some believe John Dillinger went over the top when he announced to a group of bank employees and customers, "Now nobody get nervous, you ain't got nothing to fear. You're being robbed by the John Dillinger Gang, that's the best there is!"

    Millions of words have been written about Dillinger, however this book examines not just Dillinger but members of his gang as well. While these men may not have received the notoriety that Dillinger did their lives are none the less intriguing. Nine gang members as well as crime in general during the 1920s plus the emergence of the FBI and its officials such as J. Edgar Hoover and Melvin Purvis are focal points in this exhaustively researched volume.

    Dillinger didn't waste much time when he was imprisoned between 1924 and 1933 because it was jail that he met Harry "Pete" Pierpont, John "Red" Hamilton, Homer Van Meter, Charles "Fat Charley" Makeley, and Russell Lee "Boobie"Clark, all criminals who later become a part of the gang that historians recall as one of the most violent gangs our country has ever known. Baby Face Nelson, Eddie Green, and Thomas Carroll also joined the gang.

    When he was paroled in May of 1933 Dillinger got his crew together, a band of robbers who rampaged through the Midwest "killing as many as sixteen people and robbing perhaps as many as two dozen banks." All of them save for Clark died violently the next year.

    Those with an interest in criminal history as well as the Roaring Twenties will find much information in this carefully compiled record. Archival black and white photos are included.

    - Gail Cooke

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