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John Dillinger's 1932 Studebaker Commander

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John Dillinger’s getaway car when Dillinger and his gang robbed the Central National Bank in Greencastle, IN, in October of 1933. Armed with an arsenal of weapons stolen from a police armory, they swarmed into the bank and left the getaway car at the curbside in the charge of another gang member. The getaway Studebaker was itself a stolen unmarked sheriff’s vehicle! The stolen vehicle was fitted with false Ohio license plates originally issued to Dillinger’s wife. The Greencastle robbery went off without a hitch. It was the largest bank robbery up to this point in history, totaling over $75,000.

John Dillinger's Actual Death Mask Cast by The Coroner

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John Dillinger (June 22, 1903 – July 22, 1934) was an American bank robber of German descent in the 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, and was likely not his actions. His gang robbed two dozen banks and four police stations. Dillinger escaped from jail twice.

In 1933–34, seen in retrospect as the heyday of the Depression-era outlaw, 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. Media reports 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, moved to arrest him as he left the theater. He pulled a weapon and attempted to flee but was shot three (four according to some historians) times and killed.

Winchester Rifle

The Gun Used To kill
John Dillinger

This 38 Special, model 1905, was owned by Martin Zarkovich, an East Chicago police officer. The Autopsy reports confirmed the bullet from this gun delivered the fatal shot.

Springfield Rifle

A Collection of Guns Belonging to John Dillinger

(Top to bottom) Circa 1900 double barrel, outside hammer 12 gauge shotgun that belonged to John Dillinger’s father.

Circa 1870 side hammer, single barrel, percussion 16 gauge shotgun that belonged to John Dillinger’s grandfather.

Fox-Sterlingworth 16 Gauge double barrel shotgun #352518, manufactured 1915, and the first gun owned by John Dillinger having been purchased for him by his father. Dillinger was twelve or thirteen years old when his father presented him with this field grade Sterlingworth, the slightly smaller gauge, as compared to his father’s 12, doubtless representative of Dillinger’s youth.

Circa 1890 Flobert lift block action, 8mm long, rifle, held by family tradition to be the first gun young John Dillinger ever fired. Marked Belgium on the top of the barrel with additional Belgian proofs at the breech. 24�? octagon barrel.

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