this day in crime history: march 16, 1934

On this date in 1934, Herbert Youngblood, an accused murderer who escaped from the Lake County Jail in Crown Point, IN with John Dillinger, was killed in a shootout with police in Port Huron, MI. Undersheriff Charles Cavanaugh was also killed in the shootout, which left two lawmen and a civilian injured.

Further reading:

Time“Bad Man at Large”

Dillinger: The Untold Story, by G. Russell Girardin, William J. Helmer, and Rick Mattix


6 thoughts on “this day in crime history: march 16, 1934

    • Maybe so, but he was a Midwesterner, and he probably wanted to stay in familiar territory. Even if it did make it more likely he’d be recognized. Hell, Dillinger actually went to his dad’s house in Mooresville after he escaped. He’d have been caught there too, but the G-men who were sent to keep an eye on the place were too green. They actually drove by him on the road as he was leaving and they didn’t realize who it was until it was too late.


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