Don't Call Us Molls

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This non-fiction book explores the collective experience of the Dillinger "gun molls."

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This website is dedicated to the history of the wives and girlfriends of the 1930's desperados who were part of the shifting band of outlaws known today as the "Dillinger Gang."

Don't Call Us Molls

After Decades of Silence, The 1930's Female Public Enemies Speak Out They flouted both moral and financial conventionThe female companions of the bank robbing fugitives of the Great Depression - Their history, buried under decades of stereotype and parody, is revealed for the first time. With the assistance of eyewitnesses and descendants, court and prison records, their legacy is examined. During the height of the Depression, their behavior challenged FBI agents, Federal courts, Federal Bureau of Prison policy and parole boards, who put them under pressure to betray their men.

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A New Book About Captain Matt Leach entitled "Chasing Dillinger"

Chasing Dillinger: Police Captain Matt Leach, J. Edgar Hoover and the Rivalry to Capture Public Enemy No. 1

Scheduled for release in 2018, this nonfiction book contains 75 photos, extensive bibliography and chapter notes. It chronicles the rise of Indiana State Police Captain Matt Leach as he became enmeshed in the Dillinger gang members' escape from Michigan City Penetentiary. The book channels Matt Leach through the various states and police departments in his search for Dillinger. It chronicles his obstacle course through the politics of various police jurisdictions, culminating with the ultimate rival, the Justice Department's Bureau of Investigation under his opponent, J. Edgar Hoover. Written with co-author Lori Hyde, this book tells the story of Leach and his prey, John Dillinger, with a look at law enforcement and how it operated in 1934.

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