Dillinger : The Untold Story

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While researching a book on Depression-era outlaws, "Playboy" editor William J. Helmer stumbled upon a 600-page manuscript on John Dillinger. Written in the 1930s, by G. Russell Girardin but never published, "Dillinger: The Untold Story" is a remarkable contemporary account of Dillinger's life and crimes, based in part on information given to Girardin by the outlaw's lawyer, Louis Piquett, not long after Dillinger's death. Though a series of articles by Girardin and Piquett appeared in the "Hearst" newspapers at the time, the big book manuscript remained yellowing on the shelf for half a century, until Helmer met Girardin and agreed to help get it into print. Packed with illustrations and new information from FBI files and other sources, "Dillinger: The Untold Story" is an authentic slice of American history, and a feast for true crime buffs. This new paperback edition features a new Preface by crime historian Rick Mattix, and updates to the commentary by William J. Helmer.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 400 pages
  • 154.9 x 228.6 x 22.9mm | 589.68g
  • Bloomington, IN, United States
  • English
  • Revised
  • Revised edition
  • 30 b&w photographs
  • 0253216338
  • 9780253216335
  • 2,171,190

Table of contents

Foreword to the Paperback Edition; About the Book; PrefacePart One1. The Twig is Bent2. The Quality of Mercy3. "And every man's hand"4. The Gang Attains Maturity5. A Florida Vacation6. Prosecutor Estill Poses for a PicturePart Two7. Piquett Takes the Case8. The Vanishing American9. Wooden Gun, Indiana10. How Dillinger Did ItPart Three11. Enter Uncle Sam12. Storm in the Midwest13. Homecoming14. Slaughter of Innocents15. The Safest Place in AmericaPart Four16. Loser Whets His Knife17. Dillinger Goes to the Park18. The Private Life of a Public Enemy19. The Last Raid of the Dillinger Gang20. Piquett Falls from GracePart Five21. The Woman in Red22. KILL DILLINGER HERE!23. The Battle of Barrington24. Piquett Pays the Price25. CasualtiesEpilogueA Dillinger Chronology; Chicago Hideouts and Hangouts; After the Facts: Further Investigations by William J. Helmer; More Facts: New Investigations by William J. Helmer; Acknowledgments; Sources; Index
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" ... a wild ride through one of the most fascinating periods in American criminal history." --Chicago Tribune "A fascinating addition to the true-crime shelf." --Playboy
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