WISCONSINOLOGY: Dillinger's GirlBillie Frechette
In November of that year, she met John Dillinger at a dance hall. The role of Billie Frechette in the upcoming Johnny Depp Dillinger film will be played .. at times difficult relationship would last an unbelievable (for either of them) 19 years . . but he has no strength of will and no concentration of purpose. Frechette met John Dillinger at a cabaret in October They began a relationship soon after that. Frechette. John Dillinger was born June 22, , in Indianapolis, Indiana. to keep the case out of court, it did little to help his relationship with his father. .. thief who at one time had dated Dillinger's former girlfriend Billie Frechette.
Sarber gave them the jail keys and they sprang Dillinger. Sarber died a few hours later. This made all members of the gang accessories to murder. Once Dillinger was free, the gang headed to Chicago to put together one of the most organized and deadly bank robbing gangs in the country.
To pull many of the big jobs they had planned, Pierpont and Dillinger knew they needed heavy fire power, ammunition, and bullet-proof vests. To get the equipment, they headed to the police arsenal in Peru, Indiana. After casing the joint, Pierpont and Dillinger entered the arsenal, overpowered the three guards, and stole machine guns, sawed-off shotguns and ammunition. The Dillinger Gang After the bold prison escape, the killing of Sarber, the bank robberies, and the attack on the police arsenal, the Pierpont Gang was gaining substantial notoriety.
Gang members were often described as shadowy figures, wearing dark overcoats with hat brims pulled down to hide their identities. All the gang members were well aware of their publicity, particularity Dillinger, who read the stories and saved press clippings. While most men in this line of work possessed big egos, there seemed to be little struggle for leadership within the gang. Each man had a role to play and the planning of robberies was more egalitarian, with all members providing input.
Nearly all members had girlfriends, some had wives, but the attachments were episodic. The men drank only on the off-hours, and typically beer. Pierpont had a strict rule that planning and committing a crime had to be done without alcohol or drugs.
For the next three months the gang went on a crime spree of several bank robberies in IllinoisIndiana, and Wisconsin. Always meticulously planned, the heists often had a theatrical flair.
Another time, they pretended to be a film crew scouting locations for a bank robbery movie. Bystanders looked amused as the real bank heist took place. One story told of a farmer who had come to a bank to make a deposit while the gang was robbing the place. Shortly before they left, one of the gang members fatally shot a police officer while picking up a car at a repair shop. Since police were looking all over the Midwest for them, and they had plenty of money to live on for a few more months, they decided to keep a low profile.
The rest of the gang arrived in Tucson, Arizona, and were experiencing difficulties of their own. A fire at the hotel where they were staying tipped off police to their whereabouts. John Dillinger and Billie Freshette arrived a day or so after the fire, and registered at a motel nearby.
The unexpected event caused the gang members to lose their concentration. The next day, Tucson police rounded up all of them in a few hours, including Dillinger and Freshette. The next few days were a circus as state officials from the Midwest began to barter for extradition of the prisoners. In time, matters were sorted out and various gang members were assigned to different states for trial.
The New Dillinger Gang Dillinger was taken to the office of Lake County Sheriff Lillian Holley, who was serving out the term of her late husband who had been killed in the line of duty. At one point, a photographer asked Dillinger to pose with the other officers.
He obliged and placed his elbow on the shoulder of Indiana state prosecutor Robert Estill. The picture was printed in many Midwest newspapers and ruined the chances for the aspiring lawyer to become governor several years later. The facility was deemed inescapable. On March 3,Dillinger proved them wrong by slipping out of the prison on his own without a shot fired. Legend has it that Dillinger carved a wooden gun, blackened it with shoe polish and used it to escape.
Other accounts speak of corruption from within the prison and that someone slipped him a real gun. However, in the process of doing so, he crossed a state line with the stolen car—a felony—and drew the attention of the FBI. Once arriving in Chicago, Dillinger quickly put together another gang. In this one, its members were not as carefully chosen as the previous gang, being composed of several misfits and a few psychopaths, including Lester Gillis, a.
The new gang located to the St. Paul, Minnesotaarea. During the month of March, the Dillinger Gang went on a crime spree in four states, robbing a half dozen banks. Some of the robberies went off without a hitch, while others proved more problematic. Dillinger and another gang member were wounded during a bank robbery in Iowa and were forced to hole up in a Wisconsin hideout called Little Bohemia.
Soon after their arrival, the lodge owner, Emil Wanatka, recognized his new guest as the famous John Dillinger. The other gang members made Wanatka fear for the safety of his wife and family.
He wrote a letter to the U. Attorney, George Fisher, revealing the identity of his guests. She was able to elude their guard, Baby Face Nelson, and mailed the letter.
About two miles from the resort, they turned off the car lights and trekked on foot into the woods. The agents spotted three men walking out of the lodge and into a car in the parking lot. Thinking they were gang members trying to escape, the agents opened fire on the car. They ended up killing one and wounding the other two. It's believed the only time Dillinger killed someone was on January 15, during a bank robbery in East Chicago, Indiana, when he killed a police officer named William O'Malley it was this murder that Dillinger was awaiting trial for when he broke out of Crown Pointand even then, whether Dillinger was the one who shot O'Malley or not has sometimes been called into question.
While in several of Dillinger's bank robberies, people did get shot, the person who shot them was typically Nelson or Van Meter. For a movie directly based on a non-fiction book, they twist around events and people quite a bit, or cut things out. Van Meter was shot to death by police in St. Paul in late August. Cowley and Herman Hollis. Floyd, too, was allegedly shot after being disarmed, though this is a more controversial account given by a local police officer.
The Feds were actually worse in reality than they were in the movie, while Purvis himself was perhaps a bit better here than he was in real life. Here, the film gives that role to Purvis. The film also uses the real Purvis's claim that he kicked a pistol out of Floyd's hand. While Dillinger did orchestrate the September 26, breakout of his future accomplices from the Indiana State Penitentiary, he did not participate in the breakout as he was in jail in Lima, Ohio awaiting trial for a bank robbery in Bluffton, Ohio.
Dillinger also wasn't a household name at the time, only becoming this after he was broken out. More problematic is that John "Red" Hamilton is shown out of jail and helps Dillinger with the Trojan Prisoner breakout. Hamilton was actually one of the inmates who escaped - and the only one of them who never got recaptured before his death in April of The real breakout did not have any of the bloodshed shown in the movie.
There were no fatalities. Billie Frechette's arrest is shown happening after the shootout at Little Bohemia Lodge. In reality it was the opposite.
Part of the reason the Dillinger gang went to Little Bohemia was in part to allow Dillinger to take his mind off Billie. Little Bohemia is shown as being used by the gang as a hideout after a disastrous bank robbery in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.
The two events actually happened about a month and a half apart, and the movie completely skips over the things that happened in the interim: Purvis and his men are pursuing Dillinger in the first half of the film. In reality, the most the FBI did insofar as get involved in the Dillinger manhunt was attend a number of conferences and offer to help in fingerprinting; following the death of Lima, Ohio's sheriff during the liberation of Dillinger from that jail, Hoover actually ignored pleas from Indiana Governor Paul McNutt for the FBI's help.
So in this time period, responsibility for pursuing the Dillinger gang fell to the Indiana State Police. Hoover announces to reporters Purvis's assignment to the Chicago field office, saying "his task will be to get Public Enemy 1, John Dillinger.
Additionally, Purvis had been SAC of the Chicago field office for several months when Dillinger first began robbing banks. A botched attempt to arrest a criminal happens at the Sherone Apartments building.
This never happened with Nelson in real life. However, a bungled FBI attempt to capture Verne Miller, who was wanted as one of the suspected conspirators in the Kansas City Massacre in Junehappened at this apartment building on November 1, The Sioux Falls robbery.
However, the robbery appears to be a composite of the Sioux Falls robbery and two of Dillinger's bank robberies that followed later in Dillinger gets shot in the shoulder, which actually happened a week after the Sioux Falls robbery, when the gang robbed the First National Bank in Mason City, Iowa. Also taken from the actual Mason City robbery is the gang getting less than they were expecting. When told about the job by Tommy Carroll, Dillinger is told that the bank they'll hit may net them six figures.
During the shootout, a bit happens where a boy jumps on Nelson's back and struggles with him for a few moments before Nelson throws him off, shattering a window. Such an incident did happen with Nelson, but it was actually during the gang's robbery of the Merchants National Bank in South Bend, Indiana on June 30, First is Baby Face Nelson's death: Purvis fires a single shot with his pistol and another agent, Madala, fires a shotgun at the same time. Both bullets hit Nelson in the chest. He falls over, but gets back up on his knees and manages to fire a wild burst with his submachine gun despite being badly wounded and more bullets entering his body.
Purvis fires at least twelve more rounds with his pistol before Nelson dies permanently which is in line with actual police training: Cowley and Herman Hollis both of whom were mortally woundedNelson refused to fall despite having been struck a total of seventeen times Hollis shot him ten times in his legs with a shotgun, and Cowley shot him seven times with a submachine gun.
This is attributed to adrenaline surging through his body - which kept Nelson alive for approximately three hours before he succumbed to his wounds. And the bullets that felled Cowley and Hollis were fired after Nelson had been really shot up.
Dillinger is shown living long enough to whisper something to Winstead after he is shot, before he dies. In the actual death, many reported that a few minutes passed between when Dillinger was shot and when he took his last breath.
Played straight with Homer Van Meter, who is raked up with a submachine gun and dies instantly. The number of bullets entering his body might have something to do with this. Jack Bauer Interrogation Technique: The cops use this at a couple of points. The cops refuse to let a doctor tend to Tommy Carroll, who has been shot in the head, with a bullet resting above his right eye, while torturing him for Dillinger's hideout. However, it is worth noting that the real Tommy Carroll was never tortured for information.
He really died on June 7, when he was shot by a Waterloo police detective acting on a filling station attendant's tip about a "tough customer". In fact, a different Dillinger gang member, Eddie Green, received the gunshot wound that Carroll receives in the movie bullet entering the back of his head and coming to a rest above the right eye when he was ambushed by police in St. Paul in early April. And then we see Harold Reinecke giving Billie Frechette the third degree. However, there were two other prisoners, Dick Galatas wanted for his role in the Kansas City Massacre conspiracy and Dock Barker, who allegedly got the third degree.
The fact that Billie gives a false address under torture is meant to show that torture almost never works because the person being subjected to it will say whatever they think the torturer wants to hear to get them to stop.
Used throughout the film, most prominently in the gunfights. While Milwaukee Road and its cars in their orange and maroon livery could be reasonably explained, the locomotive is anachronistic to the late early setting of the scene.
Alco did not build that particular locomotive until Edgar Hoover, who is in a committee hearing seeking the doubling of his agency's budget. The shots alerted the Dillinger and his crew and they were able to make their escape through a hail of gunfire. Members of the gang scattered in different directions during the shootout. Baby Face Nelson killed one federal agent and wounded another before making good his escape. The Little Bohemia incident was a disaster, as well as an embarrassment to J.
Edgar Hoover and the FBI. Thus began a man hunt for Dillinger that was unprecedented up to that point. The FBI also announced that they had a birthday present for John Dillinger, and christened him the first man ever to be named Public Enemy Number One on their most wanted list. Edgar Hoover was determined that Dillinger was going to pay a price for his actions. Dillinger trusted Hovious and would occasionally stop by to visit with him at his two-story brick house in Gosport, Indiana. The gangster was in good spirits and was glad to see Hovious again.
He asked how my grandfather was doing, and also inquired if Beryl was well.
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Dillinger still loved Beryl and had tried several times in the past to get her to reconcile with him. The gangster said that things were going well for him, and handed Hovious some money. The gangster later apologized for the tone of his voice by explaining that he had lots of things going on at the time. My grandfather took the money not only on that occasion, but others as well.
Times were hard and Hovious was poor, as were millions of others during the Depression era. His small farm became a refuge for Dillinger and his gang when they were between bank jobs. That made it easy to spot anyone approaching the house. Since it was not unusual to hear gunfire in the rural areas of Indiana at the time, it allowed the gang members to get in a little target practice without interruption.
In addition to money, a grateful Dillinger also rewarded his ex-brother-in-law with other items during his brief stopovers. On one visit he presented Hovious with a gold watch chain that still remains in the family today. There is a simple explanation as to why he never spent the money. My grandfather was a poor farmer, and as such, he would have brought the wrath of law enforcement down upon him had he been seen flashing a hundred-dollar bill around town. My grandfather also had other reasons not to spend the money.
The other man suspected in the bank heist was none other than John Dillinger. My grandfather had nothing to do with the robbery, however, and was later cleared of the charge. Hovious eventually moved to another residence, but always left word with relatives as to where Dillinger could find him. She decided to help the FBI land the fugitive in hopes that her cooperation would thwart her deportation out of the states, and also land her the reward money offered for Dillinger.
Melvin Purvis, federal agents and a variety of police agencies were waiting outside the theater that night when Dillinger exited arm in arm with the two females that had accompanied them. In a prearranged signal to the other lawmen that the man was in fact Dillinger, Purvis lit a cigar. Federal agents and policeman closed in on their prey.
Dillinger spotted them and began running in a semi-crouching position, shifting his body in a zigzag motion like a football player running toward the goal line for a touchdown.
It would be to no avail. Federal agents and policemen opened fire and cut him down in a nearby alley. The hunt for Public Enemy 1 was over. What happened to the rest? John Hamilton was gravely wounded after the shootout at Little Bohemia, and lingered several days before dying on April 27, Dillinger placed a horseshoe on his chest and buried him in a shallow grave in a gravel pit near Oswegeo, Illinois.
Homer Van Meter was killed by St. Paul, Minnesota police while resisting arrest on August 23, Charley Makey was shoot to death during a failed attrempted escape with his pal Harry Pierpont on Sept. Pierpont died in the electric chair at Columbus, Ohio Prison on October 17, Baby Face Nelson went down in a blaze of glory after a deadly shootout with two federal agents.
He escaped in the agents car, after the shootout and died shortly after.Public Enemies (3/10) Movie CLIP - What Else Do You Need to Know? (2009) HD
His wife and another companion later dumped his nude body on the side of a road by a graveyard. She died in In fact, they helped me discover a side of Dillinger that I, nor many other people, had ever seen before. To some, he was a common criminal. To others, he was a Robin Hood-type figure who robbed the same institutions that closed their doors and hearts on them.
Not only did many people lose their life savings to failed banks of the Great Depression, but those same banks later foreclosed on their farms when they were unable to make their mortgage payments. Reporters loved Dillinger because the charismatic bandit sold newspapers for them. The FBI and other law enforcement agencies despised him because his daring bank robberies and Houdini-like escapes from their jails embarrassed them in an almost gentlemanly fashion.
The more Dillinger succeeded, the more foolish they looked. Still, I do not condone what he did. Bank robbery is not something that anyone should be admired for. But I was especially grateful to find out that Dillinger never killed anyone. Who knows what he would have turned out like if he had not received such a harsh prison sentence for a first-time offense. Perhaps Dillinger himself put it best in a letter that he wrote to his father while in the Lima, Ohio Jail: The FBI killed him inbut they could not kill the Dillinger legend.
It continues to grow larger each year that passes. In conclusion, John Dillinger was a bad guy. In memory of all the victims and their families on both sides of the law who have suffered I leave my sympathies.
I feel for all those who have suffered.
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Please do not use without prior permission. To comment on this article you can email Tony Stewart at JohnnieDillinger aol. Dillinger was not a born criminal. I don't believe there is such a animal. Dillinger would one day become the heart and soul of the Dillinger Gang. Where Harry Pierpont was the brains and the nerve of the gang. Pierpont taught Dillinger everything about the preciscion and scientific arts of bank robbery. But Dillinger would soon exceed Pierpont to become the most wanted outlaw in the business.