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

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

  1. John D.:
    Hah…that’s always a great story.
    (no background check…lol)
    But, I will say it’s one of the BEST ways the thugs in town manage to get thier firearms (along with straw-purchasing)
    Store owners ARE getting wise to this…at last and databaes exist for such people attempting this tactic.

    Very good post.

    Roll safe out there.


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