happened outside Chicago's Biograph Theater at 10:40pm. He was shot by US federal
a full life of crime, Dillinger was finally caught with the help of a Romanian
born brothel owner who was facing a deportation hearing, Anna Sage; the $10,000
bounty on his head didn't hurt either.
and Dillinger went to the Biograph Theater to watch the gangster movie Manhattan
Melodrama. The FBI knew this and laid in wait outside the theater waiting for
the couple to come out.
had agreed to wear an identifying orange dress, which actually looked red ("the
lady in red") under the lights outside the theater. Dillinger ran when he
was ordered to surrender and in the ensuing gunfire two bystanders were wounded.
official records show that it was Dillinger who was gunned down that night, but
conspiracy theorists maintain it wasn't him. They refer to autopsy findings which
apparently do not match Dillinger's medical records.
his career of crime, John Dillinger had been associated with the deaths of 7 police
officers, 3 federal agents and the robbing of 11 banks for more than $300,000.