John Dillinger, Public Enemy #1


Dillinger escaped from prison on March 3, 1934, from an escape-proof cell using a wooden gun he fashioned. After resuming his chosen career, and evading an FBI ambush in which two agents were accidentally killed, J. Edgar Hoover named Dillinger Public Enemy #1. But the FBI shot him on July 22 at a north Chicago movie theatre.


Spectators kept removing the toe tags as a macabre souvenir.


After this photo was distributed, tales of John Dillinger's legendary manhood spread. There are apocryphal stories of owning his severed organ, keeping it in a box, etc. People: That's the gangster's arm, in rigor mortis.

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