John Dillinger escapes from Lake County Jail - Crown Point, IN
Posted by: adgorn
N 41° 24.940 W 087° 21.858
16T E 469555 N 4584965
Quick Description: On March 3, 1934, Crown Point etched its name forever in the history books as the infamous bank robber and FBI "Public Enemy #1" John Dillinger escaped from the "escape-proof" (as it was dubbed by local authorities at the time) Lake County Jail.
Location: Indiana, United States
Date Posted: 9/26/2009 12:25:24 PM
Waymark Code: WM7A8F
"The jail which was guarded by many police and national guardsmen. Dillinger apparently escaped using a hand-carved wooden gun blackened with shoe polish, although this was disputed by some witnesses. Dillinger further embarrassed the city, 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." 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." Furthermore, Sheriff Holley made certain the Dillinger name would have no standing in Crown Point up until her death in 1994 at 102.
In March 2008, Universal Studios, under the direction of Michael Mann, visited Crown Point to film parts of the upcoming movie Public Enemies at the former county jail facility from which Dillinger escaped."
Date of crime: 03/03/1934
Public access allowed: yes
Web site: [Web Link]
Fee required: Not Listed
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