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 PE #1 What intrigued you about Dillinger?
herestoyou
Posted: Apr 13 2008, 11:33 PM


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But isn't it a shame? He seemed highly intelligent. I think of all the other pursuits he could have undertaken and I'm sure he would have excelled. What a bloody, awful waste.


I'm not sure how intelligent Dillinger was, but I agree with you that in the end it was a waste. I think his ego got the best of him--all the publicity, etc. just went to his head. As you stated, who knows what he could have achieved following a more "legal" lifestyle.

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Posted: May 1 2008, 07:20 PM


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To be honest, I think I have a posthumous crush on John Dillinger. I think it is a combination of the sardonic grin and the dimple in the chin (devil within).

He treats Billie like a lady and wants her to be respected. He drives all night taking risks to give money to other gang members families, friends and lawyers. he wants to take care of his own.

I think his first long stint in jail shaped his future, and he became maybe a victim of his own circumstances. I'm not saying robbing banks was a great choice, but if I had to take my pick of men from all the gang he would be the one I would hold his guns for.


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Posted: May 1 2008, 08:50 PM


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I agree Osh that Dilliinger was very charismatic and is why he received so much of the press during his escapades. That's why it's tragic to me that he chose the lifestyle that ultimately destroyed him. I also agree that his "lessons" in prison guided him to his life of crime. Plus, the sad economic situation and lure of "easy money" from the banks, just may have been too hard to resist. I also think Dillinger(as well as the other gangsters of the time) loved the press they received and of course the encouragement of the public just fueled their adventures. It's almost like at some point there was no turning back. I do wonder if Dillinger hadn't been killed and waited for Billie to get out of prison, if the two of them may have left the country and lived out their lives.

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Donna @ May 1, 2008 - 10:50 p.m.
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I do wonder if Dillinger hadn't been killed and waited for Billie to get out of prison, if the two of them may have left the country and lived out their lives.


The romantic in me says, "yes."

And maybe it's the romantic in me that truly believes Dillinger really loved Billie. I know he turned to Polly after Billie was put in prison, but, I think it was on the rebound. It was because she was available and she fulfilled his needs. Did he really love Polly? I don't think so.



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