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John Hamilton's (gangster) dead body found...



Item # 640112

August 29, 1935

THE NEW YORK TIMES, August 29, 1935

* John Hamilton's body found
* John Dillinger gang member


The front page has a one column heading: "FIND BODY OF LAST OF DILLINGER GANG" with subheads. (see) First report coverage continues inside with photo.
Other news, sports and advertisements of the day. Complete in 44 pages, this is the rare rag edition that was produced on very high quality newsprint, with a high percentage of cotton & linen content, allowing the issues to remain very white & sturdy into the present. Given the subscription cost, libraries & institutions rather than individuals were the primary subscribers of these high-quality editions. Nice condition.


wikipedia notes: On April 23, Hamilton, Dillinger and Homer Van Meter were again confronted by authorities in Hastings, Minnesota, and another shootout ensued. Hamilton was mortally wounded by a bullet as he and the rest of the gang escaped in a car. The gang again took him to see doctor Joseph Moran in Chicago. For some reason, Moran refused to treat Hamilton. Dillinger then hid the dying Hamilton with Volney Davis and Edna Murray in Aurora, Illinois. Hamilton reportedly died on April 26, 1934. Dillinger and Davis buried their friend near Oswego, Illinois, and Dillinger reportedly covered Hamilton's face and hands with lye, to hinder any later attempt to identify the body.  Hamilton's grave was discovered on August 28, 1935, the body identified from Hamilton's prison dental records.

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