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The Michigan Daily - Sunday, July 22, 1984 -- Page 7
50 years later, Dillinger remains infamous
CHICAGO (AP) - He stepped out in- admission prices by 50 years. warning, "We've got you surrounded," depressed and in poor health, he shot
to the sultry summer night feeling in- The "John Dillinger Died for You and went for his weapon. himself in the head with a chrome-
vincible, America's most notorious Society," a zany collection of drinking But several biographers say other- plated .45 in his Florence, S.C. home.
desperado with a woman on either arm,. buddies who began toasting Public wise, citing Deputy U.S. Attorney Dillinger was dead nearly 30 years
Shielded from. the glow of streetlamps, Enemy No. 1 to break up studies at the General Joseph Keenan's comment on before special agent Charles Winstead
a G-man lit a cigar and, taking their University of Texas years ago, "are March 3, the day Dillinger escaped admitted to Joe Pinkston and Bob
cue, two more stepped from the threatening some kind of surprise," from the "escape proof" jail at Crown Cromie, authors of "Dillinger: A Short
shadows of the Biograph Theater. Edwards said, likely a re-enactment of Point, Ind., supposedly using a wooden and Violent Life," that he and special
One woman - her red-orange skirt the shooting. pistol whittled in his cell: agent Clarence Hurt fired the fatal
an identifying mark for the agents - IN A 14-month spree from May 1933 "I HOPE to get him," said Keenan, shots.
already was lagging behind when the until his death, Dillinger's exploits set "under such circumstances that the Word that Dillinger was dead raced
second tugged nervously at his sleeve. Depression-era readers' imaginations government won't have to stand the ex- up and down Lincoln Avenue. Within
Suddenly, the "ba-ROOM" of .45 on fire. He broke out of jail twice, rob- pense of a trial." minutes, a movie-going crowd of about
caliber automatics shattered the night, bed nearly two dozen banks - a not- FBI agent Melvin Purvis, who used 250 swelled to 10 times that, and news
and into the cobblestone alley between always unpopular feat given the times "The Lady in Red" to set the trap and photographers jockeyed for position
a tea store and a chop-suey restaurant, - and blasted his way free of police lit the cigar to signal 27 other federal with hero-worshipping women who dip-
31-year-old John Herbert Dillinger fell traps in several Midwestern locales agents in the area, later recounted ped handkerchiefs and the hems of skir-
dead, with a recklessness that made him an being so nervous that he tore the but- ts into the blood staining the pavement.
IT WAS 10:40 p.m., July 22, 1934. instant legend. tons off his coat fumbling for a gun he
Manhattan Melodrama starring In official accounts of Dillinger's didn't fire. Some 25 years later,
Clark Gable as a gangster with a heart death, authorities denied any "shoot to
of gold, was on the marquee' kill" order, saying Dillinger ignored the
Tonight, owner Larry Edwards will Editorials
put that title in lights again, park 1934
Fords around the theater and roll back
11ji'i The front page of the
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Prosecution sets up hotline
(Continued from Page 1) District of Illinois.
Hundreds of unconfirmed sightings Sussman set $20 million cash bond
of Coleman were reported by jittery for Brown, 21, saying she was a willing
residents who feared the suspect would participant in the string of murders.
strike in their community. Both suspects are being held in the
Following his arrest, dozens of Chicago Metropolitan Correctional
callers telephoned the Evanston police Center.
to thank them for capturing Coleman. "Alton Coleman is a danger to the
"It means no more killing," Sgt. community," Sussman said in setting
Kathy Hynds said. the high bond. Sussman said Coleman
The FBI said Coleman, 28, is facing at held the nation "under a seige ... under
least a dozen state and federal charges a reign of terror, not knowing where the
and expect more to be filed on both next victim might be."
levels. Waukegan, Ill. Police Chief FBI spokesman Bob Long said
Kenneth Ryckman said a hotline was authorities are currently entering the
set up to aid state and federal prosecution stage with the "most
prosecutors who want to file charges aggravated charges, where the
against the couple. penalties are the highest."
U.S. Magistrate Carl Sussman Long said that a murder charge filed
Friday set bond for Coleman at $25 against Coleman in Illinois for a May
million in cash - believed to be the murder alone carries a maximum
highest bond ever set in the Northern penalty of death by lethal injection.

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