this day in crime history: april 13, 1934


On this day in 1934, outlaws John Dillinger and Homer Van Meter went shopping for guns in Warsaw Indiana. Their shopping expedition began in the early morning hours of April 13th, when they assaulted Warsaw Police Officer Judd Pittenger while he walked his nightly beat. The two outlaws forced Pittenger to accompany them to the police station, where they stole two pistols and some bullet-proof vests. No background check was performed when the two bank robbers acquired their guns. This was due to the fact that in 1934, there was no law requiring criminals to pass a background check before stealing guns. To this day, no such law exists.

Further reading:

FBI – John Dillinger

WSBT – Hometown Secrets:  Notorious gangster robs Warsaw Police Department

4 thoughts on “this day in crime history: april 13, 1934

  1. John D.:
    Great story…about another John D!
    In OUR part of NE Indiana, they DO run B/G checks for firearms purchases (pass w/ flying colors every damn time, too…amazing what NO RECORD will do to allow that to happen)…but I wonder what the protocol is when you rob a police station for firepower?
    Great post.

    Stay safe out there.


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