Monday, April 9, 2012

Monday, April 9, 1934

Note: Ruth didn't write today.

Mary Evelyn "Billie" Frechette (September 15, 1907 – January 13, 1969)
Singer, waitress and, most notably, John Dillinger's girlfriend

Frechette met Dillinger in October 1933 and was arrested on April 9, 1934 on the charge of
harboring Dillinger in her St. Paul, Minnesota apartment, and served two years in federal prison
 for harboring a criminal. During her arrest, Dillinger and a companion watched from a block away;
he wanted to attack the lawmen and rescue her, but accepted the argument that he would die in
the attempt. She served two years and a day under the Federal Harboring Law at the Federal
Correctional Farm at Milan, Michigan, and was released in 1936. After her release, she toured
the country in a theatrical show called Crime Doesn't Pay - proving just the opposite, that
sometimes it does pay. Several members of Dillinger's family toured with her.

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