DILLINGER SHOT TO DEATH BY FEDERAL AGENTS AFTER HUNTCHICAGO, ILL.—-Leaving a small theatre on the North Side, America’s Public Enemy Number One finds death waiting at the hands of sixteen Federal men. Sensing his danger, Dillinger started to draw his gun, but bullets reached his heart before he was able to reach his pocket, ending a career of crime unparalleled in modern police annals.Excerpted from: Universal News, Volume 6, Release 269, Story #1, July 23, 1934On the run following a Federal warrant and nationwide manhunt, notorious Depression-era gangster John Dillinger was killed by Federal agents outside a movie theater in Chicago eighty years ago on July 22, 1934. A few of his more memorable personal effects are displayed for the camera in this Universal Newsreel.The complete newsreel is available on the National Archives’ YouTube channel. Note that the clip includes footage of Dillinger’s body in the morgue and may be considered too graphic for some viewers.
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