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Item # 576015

March 05, 1934

ALLENTOWN MORNING CALL, Allentown, Pennsylvania, March 15, 1934 

* re. John Dillinger Crown Point IN
* Investigation of famous Jail break

The front page has one column headlines: "Probe Escape Of Dillinger", "Grand Jury Ordered by Court to 'Name Parties Responsible'". This was one of the most famous escapes from a high security jail in United States history.

Other news, sports and advertisements of the day.

Complete in 34 pages with a few binding slits along the left spine, light browning, otherwise good.

wikipedia notes: On March 3, 1934, Dillinger escaped from the "escape-proof" (as it was dubbed by local authorities at the time) Crown Point, Indiana county jail which was guarded by many police and national guardsmen. Dillinger apparently escaped using a hand-carved bar of soap shaped like a gun , although this was disputed by some witnesses.

Dillinger further embarrassed the town, as well as then-42-year-old Sheriff Lillian Holley, by driving off in her brand new V-8 Ford. The press augmented her chagrin with such headlines as: "Slim woman, mother of twins, controlled Dillinger as sheriff."[3]

Incensed, Holley declared at the time, "If I ever see John Dillinger again, I'll shoot him dead with my own gun. Don't blame anyone else for this escape. Blame me. I have no political career ahead of me and I don't care."

Category: The 20th Century