Hoosier History: The Life of John Dillinger

GAWNEWS STRINGERS on the the SCENE of JD’s escape: Pesty interviews mechanic taken hostage

Another good Indiana Boy involved,  Harry Pierpont:

From Wikipedia article on Harry Pierpont,Harry Pierpont.jpg  Dillinger’s #1

Pierpont-Bridgewater-Northern gang, 1924-1925[edit]

By November 1924, Pierpont was living in Kokomo, Indiana staying at a boarding house run by Pearl Elliott. He continued to associate with a group of Jeffersonville ex-cons.

UPDATE:  HISTORY REPEATS ITSELF: HERE IS MODERN ACTIVITY AT THE BOARDING HOUSE IN KOKOMO captured by the GOOGLE Camera: Check out the activity inside the old boarding house….under the door marked “OFFICE”  (WARNING: ADULT IMAGE)https://maps.google.com/maps?q=807+North+washington+Street+Kokomo+INdiana&ie=UTF-8&ei=MArFUo_PNOWSyAHbjoDACw&ved=0CAoQ_AUoAg


Pierpont was implicated as the ringleader of the gang who struck several Indiana banks. Newspaper reports indicated there were seven members in all, and all identified Pierpont as their leader.[17]

Most members of the gang were arrested and convicted before Pierpont was arrested in Detroit in the spring. Mrs. Everett Bridgewater was arrested at her home in Indianapolis and sentenced to two to fourteen years; James Robbins arrested at Lebanon, Indiana; Marion “Red” Smith arrested at Indianapolis; George Frazer arrested at Marion; and Robert Morse arrested at Indianapolis were all given sentences of between ten and twenty years; and Mrs. Emily Morse pled guilty and was given a sentence from two to fourteen years.[18] The round up of these bandits was reported as one of the biggest roundups of any gang of robbers in the state.[19]

UPDATE: No plan of operations extends with certainty beyond the first encounter with the enemy’s main strength (no plan survives contact with the enemy).[70] and Strategy is a system of expedients.[70]


Recommended:  PEARL ELLIOTT  the brains of the Dillinger Gang: http://tjlgenes.blogspot.com/2011/08/black-sheep-sunday-kokomo-woman-was.html



Was Dillinger a Dope?  Not likely he used this guys revolutionary bank robbing tacticsHerman lamm mugshot.jpghttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Herman_Lamm

11 comments for “Hoosier History: The Life of John Dillinger

  1. The 'BikerDude'
    January 2, 2014 at 5:46 am

    Aaaayyyyyy…….ya see ‘at gun he carve’d out?……hahaha!……whut’s it r’mind ya of?…..?….kind’a r’sembles a Glock……..huh?…….LOL…….EARLy prototype…….LOL!…

  2. hoosiertaxpayer
    January 2, 2014 at 6:50 pm

    HT recommends The Dillinger Days by John Toland excellent book that primarily focuses on Dillinger but also covers a lot of the criminals of that era 20’s – 30’s…Baby Faced Nelson, Pretty Boy Floyd. The Barker Gang, Bonnie &Clyde…a really colorful era where these criminals were in some ways folk heroes to the people…..and don’t you just love the nicknames….

  3. hoosiertaxpayer
    January 2, 2014 at 6:58 pm

    Here’s a link to the book I highly recommend


    and forgot to mention book covers “Machine Gun” Kelly and Harry Pierpont that G mentioned in his post some great pictures too…

  4. hoosiertaxpayer
    January 2, 2014 at 7:05 pm

    Dillinger with Lake Co., In. Sheriff Lillian Holley

  5. hoosiertaxpayer
    January 2, 2014 at 7:16 pm

    Can you imagine D. Rodden getting his picture taken with a bank robber with his arm on his shoulder….

  6. January 2, 2014 at 8:19 pm

    I will check out the book. As for the break out from Crown Point Jail…that picture really tells a tale does it not? the documentary embedded in this has a grand nephew of JD that says JD bribed the judge which led to the escape. Also…JD made his getaway in the Sheriff’s stolen car. Amazing! But, Quite to be expected in a corrupt Indiana of that era.

    Indiana has a history of deep corruption in its local officials. I also recommend the book “The Big Con” Louisville professor wrote it and it was the source for the movie “The Sting”.

    And…. Have you checked out the boarding house ? (On Google map link) Look close inside the doorway.

  7. Southern Belle
    January 2, 2014 at 9:38 pm

    Goliath wrote:
    “Have you checked out the boarding house ? (On Google map link) Look close inside the doorway.”
    The G said to click and zoom a close up of the building……

  8. January 2, 2014 at 10:57 pm

    For some reason…google keeps wanting to locate on 807 SOUTH washington NOT NORTH Washington…got to go to the boarding house at 807 NORTH

  9. hoosiertaxpayer
    January 2, 2014 at 11:05 pm

    If you come in from one direction the direction the door is closed, if you come from the opposite direction you see a a girl and a dude sitting on the steps doing ??? with the door open….

    very weird

    • January 3, 2014 at 12:39 am

      Spooky…given this was a 1930s whorehouse

  10. January 2, 2014 at 11:33 pm

    I can zoom in HT…..They are …..

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