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


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

  1. Frank James and Cole Younger did the traveling show route after the law was no longer interested in them (as dramatized in the Coen brothers version of True Grit). I suppose the wives and girlfriends have as much right to make an “honest” dollar from America’s fascination with outlaws.


  2. John D.:
    She certainly wasn’t that bad on the eyes.
    In something kinda “related”…Just read where Geofrrey Lewis died this week.
    He player cohort Harry Pierpont in the movie DILLINGER (starring the late Warren Oates)

    Stay safe out there.


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