The molls of the Dillinger gang travelled throughout the Midwest and Southwest during the Depression. The Barker gang women went as far South as Ocala, Florida, where Ma Barker died. Evelyn Frechette, Pat Cherrington, Opal Long and Mary Kinder stayed in Daytona, Florida in December 1933. Helen Gillis went out to California with Baby Face Nelson.
Their lives were tragic and their choices doomed them to bereavement, prison, and social stigma. They paid a high price for their whirlwind tour of the United States. They sat alongside their men in Ford V-8s, Studebakers, Buicks and Terraplanes, as they drove through big cities and small towns. Occasionally, one would take a small airplane, or "aeroplane" as they were called in those days.
Travel was the only way molls could stay one step ahead of police and FBI surveillance. Here is a tour of some of the places that hosted the molls of the Dillinger Gang, from Chicago to San Francisco. Their expensive luggage was impressive, but the tags listed assumed names and phony home addresses.