this day in crime history: april 9, 1934

On this date in 1934, John Dillinger’s girlfriend, Evelyn “Billie” Frechette, was arrested by G-men in Chicago and charged with harboring a fugitive. An angry Dillinger vowed to break her out of jail, but a girlfriend of one of his gang members talked him out of it. He did pay for her legal defense, but she wound up being convicted anyway. Billie Frechette spent two years in federal prison. When she was released in 1936, she toured the country in a theatrical show called Crime Doesn’t Pay. Several members of Dillinger’s family were also featured in the show. I guess sometimes crime does pay after all.

Further reading:

American Experience: Public Enemy #1 – Evelyn “Billie” Frechette, 1907-1969

Don’t Call Us Molls – Evelyn “Billie” Frechette

2 thoughts on “this day in crime history: april 9, 1934

  1. John D.:
    That’s a pretty interesting story.
    Did not know she went “touring” with a stage show…
    That’s amazing, if she indeed DID learn from her mistake.

    Good find.

    Roll safe out there.


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