Man Who Saw John Dillinger's 'Gruesome' Death Speaks In Vintage Footage
Dillinger was killed in a hail of gunfire. The rumor was that the last words spoken by John Dillinger were УYou got me!Ф, but thatТs mere speculation. Police at the scene said he died instantly, and never had a moment to say a thing. May 21, †Ј In Public Enemies, Dillinger's last words were " Bye bye blackbird," but it was totally untrue, and it was a detail added for dramatic effect to connect Dillinger's death to his ex-girlfriend.
A las at a garage across from the Biograph, Allemand was one of the first people on the scene of the Sas 22, incident. His observations were reported in newspapers around the world and by Fox Movietone News. Allemand was working a late shift at Billy Bart's Garage, N. Lincoln Ave. A woman screamed, lifting up her dress and saying she was shot. And a man right across from me dropped on the floor. Right then and there. I was horrified," he told Fox Movietone.
He just dropped as cattle would in a slaughter house Dillinger had no chance ever. Just as his victims were gone before so he had found his own fate at last," said Allemand, who lived on Berenice Avenue in North Center. Two women were hit by stray bullets, but they were not seriously injured, according to news accounts. It holds 11 million feet of fragile silent and sound films that document news and global events produced by Fox Movietone from the s to s. What neighborhood are you looking for?
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Oct 05, †Ј The grave of gangster John Dillinger, once called "Public Enemy No. 1," is set to be exhumed at the end of this year at the wishes of Dillinger's niece and nephew. John Dillinger Last Words According to some sources, John DillingerТs last words were: СYou got meТ. Some report that he said them after a gun battle with the FBI agents. However, other sources dispute this fact and say that he died in complete silence. Jul 13, †Ј It is rumored that John DillingerТs last words were, УYou got me.Ф He was buried in a modest grave in Crown Hill Cemetery in Indiana, where his grave marker has had to be replaced four times Ч in a fitting tribute, thieves keep stealing pieces of .
He led a group known as the " Dillinger Gang ", which was accused of robbing 24 banks and four police stations. Dillinger was imprisoned several times but escaped twice. He was charged, but not convicted of the murder of an East Chicago, Indiana , police officer who shot Dillinger in his bullet-proof vest during a shootout ; it was the only time Dillinger was charged with homicide.
Dillinger courted publicity. The media ran exaggerated accounts of his bravado and colorful personality and cast him as a Robin Hood. Edgar Hoover , then director of the Bureau of Investigation BOI , used Dillinger and his gang as his campaign platform to evolve the BOI into the Federal Bureau of Investigation , developing more sophisticated investigative techniques as weapons against organized crime. After evading police in four states for almost a year, Dillinger was wounded and went to his father's home to mend.
She informed authorities of his whereabouts. On July 22, , local and federal law enforcement closed in on the Biograph Theater. According to some biographers, his German grandfather, Matthias Dillinger, immigrated to the United States in from Metz , in the region of Lorraine , then still under French sovereignty. John Dillinger's parents had married on August 23, Dillinger's father was a grocer by trade and, reportedly, a harsh man. Dillinger's older sister, Audrey, was born March 6, Their mother died in just before his fourth birthday.
She cared for her brother John for several years until their father remarried in to Elizabeth "Lizzie" Fields Ч They had three children, Hubert M. Dillinger Ч Doris M. Dillinger Hockman Ч and Frances Dillinger Thompson Ч As a teenager, Dillinger was frequently in trouble with the law for fighting and petty theft; he was also noted for his "bewildering personality" and bullying of smaller children. His father feared that the city was corrupting his son, prompting him to move the family to Mooresville, Indiana , in In , he was arrested for auto theft , and his relationship with his father deteriorated.
In , Dillinger's troubles led to him enlisting in the United States Navy , where he was a Petty officer third class Machinery Repairman assigned aboard the battleship USS Utah ,  but he deserted a few months later when his ship was docked in Boston.
He was eventually dishonorably discharged some months later. Dillinger then returned to Mooresville where he met Beryl Ethel Hovious. He attempted to settle down, but he had difficulty holding a job and preserving his marriage.
During the robbery, Dillinger had struck a victim on the head with a machine bolt wrapped in a cloth and had also carried a gun which, although it discharged, hit no one. The two men were arrested the next day. Singleton pleaded not guilty, but after Dillinger's father the local Mooresville Church deacon discussed the matter with Morgan County prosecutor Omar O'Harrow, his father convinced Dillinger to confess to the crime and plead guilty without retaining a defence attorney.
Dillinger was convicted of assault and battery with intent to rob, and conspiracy to commit a felony. He expected a lenient probation sentence as a result of his father's discussion with O'Harrow but instead was sentenced to 10 to 20 years in prison for his crimes. He pleaded with the judge to shorten the sentence, but with no success. He died September 2, from fatal gunshot wounds. Incarcerated at Indiana Reformatory and Indiana State Prison from to , Dillinger began to become embroiled in a criminal lifestyle.
Upon being admitted to prison, he was quoted as saying, "I will be the meanest bastard you ever saw when I get out of here. The men planned heists that they would commit soon after they were released. Dillinger's father launched a campaign to have him released and was able to obtain signatures on a petition. On May 10, , after serving nine and a half years, Dillinger was paroled. Just before he was released from the prison his stepmother became sick, and she died before he arrived at her home.
Tracked by police from Dayton, Ohio , he was captured and later transferred to the Allen County Jail in Lima to be indicted in connection to the Bluffton robbery. After searching him before letting him into the prison, the police discovered a document which appeared to be a prison escape plan. They demanded Dillinger tell them what the document meant, but he refused. Earlier, while in prison, Dillinger had helped conceive a plan to enable the escape of Pete Pierpont, Russell Clark, and six others he had met while in prison, most of whom worked in the prison laundry.
Dillinger had friends smuggle guns into their cells which they used to escape four days after Dillinger's capture. Pierpont, Clark, and Makley arrived in Lima on October 12, , where they impersonated Indiana State Police officers, claiming they had come to extradite Dillinger to Indiana.
When the sheriff, Jess Sarber, asked for their credentials, Pierpont shot Sarber dead, then released Dillinger from his cell. The four men escaped back to Indiana, where they joined the rest of the gang. Dillinger is known to have participated with the Dillinger Gang in 12 separate bank robberies, between June 21, , and June 30, After Dillinger's death, Billie was offered money for her story and wrote a memoir for the Chicago Herald and Examiner in August On January 25, , Dillinger and his gang were captured in Tucson, Arizona.
Dillinger was taken to the Lake County Jail in Crown Point, Indiana and imprisoned to face charges for the murder of a policeman who was killed during a Dillinger gang bank robbery in East Chicago, Indiana, on January 15, The local police boasted to area newspapers that the jail was escape-proof and had even posted extra guards as a precaution. However, at a. During morning exercises at the jail with 15 other immates, Dillinger produced a pistol, catching deputies and guards by surprise, and he was able to leave the premises without firing a shot.
Almost immediately afterwards conjecture began whether the gun Dillinger displayed was real or not. According to Deputy Ernest Blunk, Dillinger had escaped using a real pistol.
FBI files, on the other hand, indicate that Dillinger used a carved fake pistol. Sam Cahoon, a trustee who Dillinger took hostage in the jail, also believed Dillinger had carved the gun, using a razor and some shelving in his cell. In another version, according to an unpublished interview with Dillinger's attorney, Louis Piquett , investigator Art O'Leary claimed to have snuck the gun in himself.
Deputy Sheriff Charles Cavanaugh was mortally wounded in the battle and died a few hours later. Before he died, Youngblood told the officers that Dillinger was in the neighborhood of Port Huron, and immediately officers began a search for the escaped man, but no trace of him was found. An Indiana newspaper reported that Youngblood later retracted the story and said he did not know where Dillinger was at that time, as he had parted with him soon after their escape.
Dillinger was indicted by a local grand jury , and the Bureau of Investigation a precursor of the Federal Bureau of Investigation  organized a nationwide manhunt for him. According to Frechette's trial testimony, Dillinger stayed with her there for "almost two weeks.
Paul , Minnesota , using the aliases "Mr. Carl T. Paul field office to file a report, including information about the couple's new Hudson sedan parked in the garage behind the apartments.
As a result of Coffey's tip, the building was placed under surveillance by two agents, Rufus Coulter and Rusty Nalls, that night, but they saw nothing unusual, mainly because the blinds were drawn. He parked, first on Lincoln Avenue the north side of the apartments , then on the west side of Lexington Avenue, at the northwest corner of Lexington and Lincoln, and remained in his car while watching Coulter and St.
Paul Police detective Henry Cummings, pull up, park, and enter the building. Meanwhile, Coulter and Cummings knocked on the door of apartment Frechette answered, opening the door two to three inches. She said she was not dressed and to come back. Coulter told her they would wait. After waiting two to three minutes, Coulter went to the basement apartment of the caretakers, Louis and Margaret Meidlinger, and asked to use the phone to call the bureau.
He quickly returned to Cummings, and the two of them waited for Frechette to open the door. Van Meter then appeared in the hall and asked Coulter if his name was Johnson. Coulter said it was not, and as Van Meter passed on to the landing of the third floor, Coulter asked him for a name. Van Meter replied, "I am a soap salesman. Coulter asked if he had any credentials. Van Meter said "no", and continued down the stairs. Coulter waited 10 to 20 seconds, then followed Van Meter. As Coulter got to the lobby on the ground floor, Van Meter opened fire on him.
Van Meter ran back into the front entrance. Coulter shot out the rear left tire. While Coulter stayed with Van Meter's Ford, Nalls went to the corner drugstore and called the local police, then the bureau's St. Paul office, but could not get through because both lines were busy. Frechette, in her harboring trial testimony, said that she told Dillinger that the police had showed up after speaking to Cummings. Upon hearing Van Meter firing at Coulter, Dillinger opened fire through the door with a Thompson submachine gun, sending Cummings scrambling for cover.
Dillinger then stepped out and fired another burst at Cummings. Cummings shot back with a revolver, but quickly ran out of ammunition. He hit Dillinger in the left calf with one of his five shots. He then hastily retreated down the stairs to the front entrance. Green called his associate Dr. Clayton E. May at his office at Masonic Temple in downtown Minneapolis still extant.
With Green, his wife Beth, and Frechette following in Green's car, the doctor drove Dillinger to an apartment belonging to Augusta Salt, who had been providing nursing services and a bed for May's illicit patients for several years, patients he could not risk seeing at his regular office. May treated Dillinger's wound with antiseptics.
Dillinger convalesced at Dr. May's for five days, until Wednesday, April 4.