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A Closer Look At John Dillinger

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For the past century and a half bank robbing has been a major crime throughout the world that law enforcers are trying to crack down on. During the modern world we live in now many banks have put in high tech security systems trying to stop these men from stealing all of their money. As people may imagine bank robbers have had to change their plans in order for them to get away with how they go about taking the money and having a successful getaway. Today people that want to rob a bank have to go through extreme planning to make sure they are not caught. Many of them go after hours so they stay away from potential problems that may arouse when their are others around. Back in the 1920’s that was not the case with the back robbers of that day because they did not have cameras or security systems that they have today. The first banker robber that started it all for others was a famous man by the name of Herman Lamm who robbed his first bank in 1913 (“Bio.com”). Other great bank thieves like Pretty Boy Floyd, Baby Face Nelson, and the most famous of all John Dillinger studied and imitated the majestic still of Lamm. John Dillinger was considered the most brilliant and efficient bank robber of all-time and eventually earned the title from the FBI as Public Enemy Number One. In almost two whole years Dillinger and his men robbed a total of twenty-eight banks and took a total of 760,000 dollars which in todays world would be about ten million dollars (“Bio.com”). The FBI covered up the killing of John Dillinger because he was not only public enemy number one and a banker robber but he was a man of the people.
On the date of June 22, 1903 John Wilson Dillinger and Molly Lancaster had a little boy that was born in Indianapolis, Indiana who would later became the famous bank robber known as John Herbert Dillinger(“Bio.com”). John Dillinger’s mother, Molly Lancaster, would die when he was only three years old and his father would beat him because he did not know any better way to raise him. He was raised on a farm in Mooresville, Indiana and quit school when he was only sixteen because he was bored and wanted to start making money(“Bio.com”). He joined the navy but decided it was not for him so in the summer of 1924 John Dillinger returned home to play on a baseball team where he met a guy named Edgar Singleton(“Bio.com”). He was John’s first partner in crime when the two decided to rob an elderly man that owned a local grocery store right down the road from where John lived. The plan did not work and the two men were both caught and sent to jail.
His friend Edgar was a lot more lucky even though he had a criminal record he was only sentenced to two years thanks to having a very good lawyer while John did not get off as easy. Being his only offense a lawyer told him to just plead guilty and the judge will take it easy on him, but that is not what happened at all. John Dillinger went to court without a lawyer thinking it would go smoothly but instead the...

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