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John Dillinger Gets Plastic Surgery On Pulaski Rd.

From: ChiTownView  | Oct 4, 2011  | 2 views

Following John Dillinger’s escape from the Crown Point jail in March of 1934 he was the most wanted man in the nation. He fled to the city of Chicago and hid out, it has been alleged, with the help of his lawyer Louis Piquett. The lawyer turned Dillinger over to a former client asmall time crok and bar owner James “Cabaret” Probasco who would make the arrangements.

Probasco found a couple of shady surgeons named William Loeser and Harold Cassidy. Since neither them would use their offices for the operation Probasco set them up in his home that used to stand at 2509 N. Crawford (now Pulaski). Then on the evening of May 28,1934 the operation was performed and Dillinger almost died on the table because too much anesthetic. In the endthe surgery wasn’t a success and within two months Dillinger would be dead (allegedly) in the execution outside the Biograph theater.

I’ve posted in our Chicago Crime History playlist a newsreel clip from that night and the response to his death was incredible. The streets and sidewalks were wall to wall people and many of them soaked up his blood with their handkerchiefs (that’s not shown in the clip).

Here’s a link to john Dillinger’s Scrapbook for more info on the original public enemy #1 http://jhdillinger.fortunecity.com/

The ChicagoCrimeSceneProject has a nice post on this story.

This clip is part of a series produced by MindsiMedia and presented on ChiTownView ‘s YouTube station. We are getting some Chicago crime history in HBO’s series “Boardwalk Empire” and more will be on display when the film version of Eric Larsen’s “Devil In The White City”. Our series shows some of the famous places in Chicago crime history as they exist today. While telling some of that history with each clip.

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