Today in History
July 22, 1934
Public enemy No. 1
John Dillinger is killed by federal agents just moments after seeing a Clark Gable film at Chicago's famous Biograph Theater. Though Dillinger had taken pains to disguise his identity (including a facelift, scar removal and acid treatments to his fingertips to prevent fingerprinting), he is positively identified by city officials at the morgue the next morning. "I knew him the minute I saw him," said Melvin H. Purvis, chief of the investigative team that conducted the nine-month manhunt to find and kill Dillinger. The notorious criminal is buried at Crown Hill Cemetery in Indianapolis, Indiana.
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