John Dillinger

John Dillinger and Gang Members
Richard D Davidson

A Paper Presented in Partial Fulfillment
Of the Requirements for
CJAD 421 Organized Crime
July 2009

8420 Downe Drive
White Settlement, TX 76108
Instructor: Malcolm Cole

The purpose of this research paper is to examine the life of John Herbert Dillinger and his associates during the Great
Depression. This paper will cover Dillinger from his humble beginnings in Indianapolis, Indiana until his death at the hands of the FBI in 1934. This paper will also discuss the crimes that he and his associates committed during the Great Depression to include his time in prison.

Table of Contents
  1. Introduction                                     page 1                                                        
  2. Family background and formative years           page 1-3
  3. Prison time                                     page 3-5
  4. Bank robberies                                   page 5-6
  5. On the run and the end of his life               page 6-7
  6. Conclusion                                       page 8
  7. References                                       page 9

Dillinger and his gang’s exploit’s, along with those of other criminals of the Great Depression Era, such as Bonnie and Clyde of Texas, and Ma Barker of Missouri held the attention of the American press and its readers during what is sometimes referred to as the public enemy era from 1931 to 1935, a period that led to the development of the modern and more sophisticated Federal Bureau of Investigation.
John Herbert Dillinger (aka John Dillinger) was born on June 22 1903 in Indianapolis, Indiana and died on July 23 1934 in Chicago, Illinois at the age of thirty four. John Dillinger was a bank robber in the Midwestern United States during the early 1930’s. He is considered by some to be a dangerous criminal, while others have idolized him as a modern day Robin Hood. He was...