John Dillinger and his gang of violent cohorts were responsible for killing 10 men, robbing numerous banks, and staging three jail breaks, during the Gangster Era of the mid-twentieth century.
In September of 1933, after robbing a bank in Bluffton, Ohio, Dillinger was arrested and documents found in his possession appeared to contain the plans for a prison break. Four days later, eight of his friends escaped from the Indiana State Prison with shotguns and rifles that had been smuggled into their cells.
In October of that same year, three of those fugitives then showed up at the Lima jail where Dillinger was being held, shot the sheriff, and set him free.
Here, Dillinger strikes a jaunty pose with prosecutor Robert Estill in what would become an infamous image at the Crown Point, Indiana jailhouse, February 1934.