Mug-shot image of John Dillinger from the United States Federal Bureau of Investigation. Image online, courtesy Wikimedia Commons.
from the bankers
stole from the people.
Harry (“Pete”) Pierpont
Member, Dillinger Gang
Robbing banks and getting away in fast cars, John Dillinger was busy during a thirteen-month crime spree (in 1933-34). How did this gangster, also accused of murdering a police officer and designated "Public Enemy Number One," become an American folk hero? Because Dillinger was also a gum-chewing, easy-quipping, lopsided-grinning, charismatic guy - and journalists loved to write about him.
If it hadn’t been for Harry Pierpont, John Dillinger may never have become a “Public Enemy.”
If it hadn’t been for Indiana’s Pendleton Reformatory, the two pals might have never met.
If it hadn’t been for a prison in Michigan City, Dillinger may not have learned Pierpont’s bank-robbing skills.
And ... if it hadn’t been for Dillinger’s bank-robbing skills, he might have failed to become the Depression-era’s “most wanted man” (whom Americans secretly, or openly, admired).
But ... this is not a story about might-have-beens. It’s a story about what was - and what became of a group of gangsters who helped give birth to the FBI.
Original Release Date: July, 2009
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