John Herbert Dillinger, Jr. (1903-1934) was a
Midwestern bank robber, auto thief, and fugitive who captured the
national imagination between 1933 and 1934. In March 1934,
Dillinger stole a car and crossed state lines following a
sensational prison break, giving the FBI jurisdiction to join the
manhunt. On July 22, 1934, FBI agents closed in on Dillinger
outside of the Biograph Theater in Chicago and shot and killed him
as he reached for his pistol.