John Herbert Dillinger (June 22, 1903 – July 22, 1934) was an American bank robber, considered by some to be a notorious and dangerous criminal, while others considered him a Robin Hood-like hero. He gained this reputation for his graceful movement during bank heists, e.g. leaping over the counter, and narrow getaways from police.
His first robbery in 1924 led to a nine year stint in prison. Took place in Mooresville in 1924. He was caught and imprisoned until 1933. After a jailbreak, he resumed robbing banks until gunned down by the FBI as he exited a Chicago theater, betrayed by the infamous "Lady in red".
His exploits, along with those of other criminals of the 1930s Depression era, such as Bonnie and Clyde and Ma Barker, dominated the attentions of the American press and its readers during what is sometimes referred to as the public enemy era, between 1931 and 1935, a period which led to the further development of the modern and more sophisticated FBI.
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