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


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

  1. He only lasted 13 days (unlucky number for sure) after escaping. I wonder if Dillinger offered him a place in his new gang. He seems to have been mean enough to join.


    • In the less racially tolerant 1930s, traveling with Youngblood would have attracted attention. And Dillinger probably wanted to avoid attention. Of course, Dillinger had become so famous at that point, that Yougblood probably felt the same way about Dillinger.


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