Public Enemies

June 28th Celebrates Public Enemies

In the 1930’s, during a booming crime wave, of The Great Depression, the FBI tried to take down American gangsters John Dillinger, Baby Face Nelson and Pretty Boy Floyd.

Essentially when this movie “Public Enemies,” came out in 2009, it was a story about John Dillinger during his heyday, and death.

Johnny Depp is superb as Dillinger, Christian Bale a thoroughly convincing Melvin Purvis, his taciturn but determined G-Man nemesis.

On June 28th 1902, John Herbert Dillinger was born in the Oak Hill section of Indianapolis, Indiana.

According to some biographers, his grandfather, Matthias Dillinger immigrated to the United States in 1851 from Metz, in the region of Lorraine, then under French sovereignty.

Dillinger’s older sister, Audrey, was born March 6, 1889. Their mother died in 1907 just before his fourth birthday. Audrey married Emmett “Fred” Hancock that year and they had seven children together. She cared for her brother John for several years until their father remarried in 1912 to Elizabeth “Lizzie” Patel.

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.

He quit school to work in an Indianapolis machine shop. Although he worked hard at his job, he would stay out all night at parties. His father feared that the city was corrupting his son, prompting him to move the family to Mooresville, Indiana, in 1921.

Dillinger’s wild and rebellious behavior was resilient despite his new rural life. In 1922 he was arrested for auto theft, and his relationship with his father deteriorated.

His troubles led him to enlist in the United States Navy where he was a Fireman 3rd Class 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.

Dillinger then returned to Mooresville where he met Beryl Ethel Hovious. The two were married on April 12, 1924. He attempted to settle down, but he had difficulty holding a job and preserving his marriage the marriage ended in divorce on June 20, 1929.

Not able to fit in with society he became one the infamous ruthless bank robbers in history.

Today’s YouTube video presentation brought to you by user name, Movie Clip Classic Trailer, of Johnny Deep in Public Enemies portraying John Dillinger.

Dillinger’s body was displayed to the public at the Cook County morgue after his death. An estimated 15,000 people viewed the corpse in the day-and-half circus. As many as four death masks were also made which was made from an original mold, and eyebrow hair, on display at the Crime Museum in Washington, D.C.

In lieu of today’s story, in the words of Carlos Castaneda, when it comes to choosing what type lifestyle whether its gangster like John Dillinger, “The trick is in what one emphasizes. We either make ourselves miserable, or we make ourselves happy. The amount of work is the same.”

Written & Designed by JD Mitchell

J.D Mitchell Design Studio


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