Film inspires live Dillinger performance

Film inspires live Dillinger performance

ST. PAUL, Minn., June 26 (UPI) -- The trial of bank robber John Dillinger's girlfriend is to be re-enacted in St. Paul, Minn., in honor of the new film "Public Enemies," organizers said.
Stars line up for 'Enemies' premiere

Stars line up for 'Enemies' premiere

CHICAGO, Calif., June 19 (UPI) -- Johnny Depp, Christian Bale and Marion Cotillard turned out for the Chicago premiere of "Public Enemies," a film about infamous bank robber John Dillinger.
Dillinger death gun headed for auction

Dillinger death gun headed for auction

CHICAGO, June 18 (UPI) -- One of the guns used to fatally shoot John Dillinger is heading to auction, a Chicago auctioneer said.
Hat expert: 'Enemies' fedoras authentic

Hat expert: 'Enemies' fedoras authentic

CHICAGO, June 16 (UPI) -- The owner of Chicago's Optimo Hats says the fedoras and caps he made for Johnny Depp's period film "Public Enemies" are historically accurate and spectacular.

John Dillinger Museum officially reopens

HAMMOND, Ind., March 29 (UPI) -- The John Dillinger Museum in Hammond, Ind., is once again open for business following legal action brought by the notorious bank robber's great-nephew.

Depp makes good impression on Ind. set

CROWN POINT, Ind., March 29 (UPI) -- Actor Johnny Depp has been described as a "really nice" celebrity following his recent visit to Crown Point, Ind., to film an upcoming movie.

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Man gets surgery to remove fingerprints

LAWRENCE, Mass., March 4 (UPI) -- A man in Massachusetts had his fingertips removed in an alleged attempt to prevent police from identifying him through fingerprints.

Bale, Depp may be 'Public Enemies'

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 11 (UPI) -- British actor Christian Bale is in talks to play Melvin Purvis, the FBI agent who tracked notorious bank robber John Dillinger in the early 1930s.

Depp to play gangster in new Mann pic

LOS ANGELES, Dec. 6 (UPI) -- Hollywood actor Johnny Depp is set to star in "Public Enemies," Michael Mann's 1930s-set gangster picture.

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Great-nephew defends John Dillinger

MOORESVILLE, Ind., Nov. 8 (UPI) -- An Indiana man has committed his life to defending the honor of the nation’s former Public Enemy No. 1, John Dillinger, a report said.

Theater where Dillinger died restored

CHICAGO, June 22 (UPI) -- The marquee of Chicago's Biograph Theater, the backdrop for the murder of one of America's most infamous criminals, John Dillinger, is being restored.

Son: Hoover destroyed FBI hero's career

CHICAGO, Nov. 7 (UPI) -- The son of legendary FBI agent Melvin Purvis says J. Edgar Hoover ruined his father's career because he was getting too much publicity.

Group marks Dillinger death anniversary

CHICAGO, July 25 (UPI) -- To mark the 70th anniversary of criminal John Dillinger's death, a group of historians and others met at in Chicago, the New York Times reported Sunday.
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John Dillinger
Gangster John Dillinger is seen here in this undated file photo.

John Herbert Dillinger Jr. (June 22, 1903 – July 22, 1934) was an American gangster and bank-robber in the Depression-era United States. He was charged with the murder of an East Chicago police officer, but never convicted. During his bank heists, a dozen victims—prison officers, police, federal agents, gangsters and civilians—were killed. His gang robbed two dozen banks and four police stations. Dillinger escaped from jail twice.

In 1933-34, among criminals like Baby Face Nelson, Pretty Boy Floyd, and Bonnie and Clyde, Dillinger was the most notorious of all. Media reports were spiced with exaggerated accounts of his bravado and daring. The public demanded federal action and J. Edgar Hoover developed a more sophisticated Federal Bureau of Investigation as a weapon against organized crime.

After evading police in four states for almost a year, Dillinger was wounded and returned to his father's home to heal. 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 Cumpanas. 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 times and killed.

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