Sunday, October 23, 2011

Monday, October 23, 1933

I stayed all night last night at Mrs. Raifert's but not tonight. Mother washed. I went over to Betty's.

John Dillinger's Wanted Poster

In 1933 Dillinger and his gang began a streak of bank robberies across Indiana. Among
Dillinger's more celebrated exploits was his pretending to be a sales representative for a company
that sold bank alarm systems. He reportedly entered a number of Indiana and Ohio banks and
used this ruse to assess security systems and bank vaults of prospective targets. Another time,
 the gang pretended to be part of a film company that was scouting locations for a "bank robbery"
scene. Bystanders stood and smiled as a real robbery ensued and Dillinger and friends escaped
 with the loot.

Stories such as this only served to increase Dillinger's burgeoning legend. Dillinger was believed
to have been associated with gangs who robbed dozens of banks and accumulated a total of more
 than $300,000. Banks allegedly robbed by Dillinger and his associates include the Central National 
Bank And Trust Co. in Greencastle, Indiana, where they got away with $74,000 on October 23, 1933.

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