this day in crime history: april 13, 1934

johndillinger

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

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

  1. Jogn D.:
    Hey, if you’re gonna shop, I can’t think of a better place to do so (in THOSE days).
    “No background check”…lol. Gotta love that one (and STILL in effect)!
    Amazing.

    Very good post.

    Roll safe out there.

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