John Dillinger's
1932 Studebaker Commander

John Dillinger’s getaway car when Dillinger and his gang robbed the Central National Bank in Greencastle, IN, in October of 1933. Armed with an arsenal of weapons stolen from a police armory, they swarmed into the bank and left the getaway car at the curbside in the charge of another gang member. The getaway Studebaker was itself a stolen unmarked sheriff’s vehicle! The stolen vehicle was fitted with false Ohio license plates originally issued to Dillinger’s wife. The Greencastle robbery went off without a hitch. It was the largest bank robbery up to this point in history, totaling over $75,000.

John Dillinger's Actual Death Mask Cast by The Coroner

John Dillinger (June 22, 1903 – July 22, 1934) was an American bank robber of German descent in the Depression-era United States. He was charged with, but never convicted of, the murder of an East Chicago, Indiana police officer during a shoot-out. This was his only alleged homicide, and was likely not his actions. His gang robbed two dozen banks and four police stations. Dillinger escaped from jail twice.


The Gun Used To kill John Dillinger

This 38 Special, model 1905, was owned by Martin Zarkovich, an East Chicago police officer. The Autopsy reports confirmed the bullet from this gun delivered the fatal shot.
A Collection of Guns Belonging to John Dillinger

(Top to bottom) Circa 1900 double barrel, outside hammer 12 gauge shotgun that belonged to John Dillinger’s father. Circa 1870 side hammer, single barrel, percussion 16 gauge shotgun that belonged to John Dillinger’s grandfather. Fox-Sterlingworth 16 Gauge double barrel shotgun #352518, manufactured 1915, and the first gun owned by John Dillinger having been purchased for him by his father. Dillinger was twelve or thirteen years old when his father presented him with this field grade Sterlingworth, the slightly smaller gauge, as compared to his father’s 12, doubtless representative of Dillinger’s youth. Circa 1890 Flobert lift block action, 8mm long, rifle, held by family tradition to be the first gun young John Dillinger ever fired. Marked Belgium on the top of the barrel with additional Belgian proofs at the breech. 24" octagon barrel.


John Dillingers Bulletproof Vest

This Badge Was Used by the Arresting Constable During the Raid at Little Bohemia


Indiana State Penitentiary 1 1/2" Barrel Riot Gun
The Costume Suit of Clark Gable from Manhattan Melodrama,
The Movie Dillinger Saw Just Before His Death


Gun Flash Suppressor

This gun flash suppressor, commonly known as a silencer, was used by John Dillinger's gang. During the 1920's and 1930's, silencers were often used by criminals. Since it was against the constitution to ban silencers, Congress levied a bill in 1934 that put a heavy tax on owning one. This bill stands today, and owning an unregistered silencer is considered to be federal tax evasion.


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