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    John Dillinger -- an Exceptionally Rare Piece of Criminal History Rare autograph letter signed twice, "John Dillinger #13225" and "Johnnie" in text, 2 pages, 8.5" x 11, Michigan City, Indiana, November 2, 1930 to his brother Hubert in Mooresville, Indiana. He writes in part: "...Well Bud how are you and the folks? O.K. I hope. I am well and getting along fairly well still working in the shirt shop. Shy young fellow you had better start writing oftener do you realize that your standing is fourth. Mary is first sis second, Clarice third and your are, a bad fourth - you had better get buys. I must have a fairly smart brother all those fine grades you got... Received a letter from Mary Friday evening and she said Sis was letting her have a party Saturday night. Did you and Clarice go? If they played any kissing games I bet you are in hot water right now for I can't imagine Clarice watching you kiss some other girl and be very inthusiastic [sic] about it Ha! Ha!... I sent you five dollars Wednesday which made twenty you know IU told you in my last letter what I wanted to do with it, so I ought to get a letter form you Monday or Tuesday. Tell Dad if Mr. Wade hasn't went down there to su[e] about that by the time he gets this letter I want him to go down to Martinsville himself. If the Grand Jury was in session while I was in jail I will have an out on a writ for I know that there was no indictment against me.... it wont be long before thanksgiving and Christmas, sure whish I were home for the holidays. Ask Clarice if she has found that girl for me I thought either her or Mary would find one before now. Has Dad managed to slip up on any rabbits or squirrels this fall? I bet you Ben Davis beats Mooresville if they play them this year. You know I have to stick with Mary and Ben Davis for you and Clarice both against her isn't fair. As hard as times are I suppose it will be a pretty slim christmas for most everybody. wish I were out so I could buy the kids something nice you know I get more injoyment [sic] buying the kids something than I would be getting things myself... tell the kids hello for me and give Clarice a big kiss for me 'that will be easy eh!' Lots of love to all of you from your brother Johnnie. John Dillinger #13225." Dillinger was serving a sentence after a robbery in Mooresvillle in 1924. Three years after he wrote this letter, Dillinger escaped from prison -- back with his gang, he would embark upon a rampage of bank robberies throughout the Midwest. He was shot down by F.B.I. agents in Chicago in 1934. Light creases and a few minor faults including rubbing to the first page which obscures several letters, otherwise very clean and bright. This may be the only significant example to trade hands for decades to come! Accompanied by COA from PSA/DNA.

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