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


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

  1. If Youngblood was guilty of the murder he was accused of, then he ended up killing two men to Dillinger’s one. You could argue that he was actually the more dangerous of the two fugitives from Crown Point.


    • Despite Dillinger’s fearsome reputation, he wasn’t really the mad dog killer he was painted as in the press. The member of that gang who was truly bloodthirsty was Baby Face Nelson. That guy was trigger happy.


  2. John D.:
    Richard B makes a valid point.
    Can’t argue with the “scoreboard” there.

    Still, it WAS (and IS) Indiana – where reason is often on “holiday”..
    I’m still a Philly boy at heart.
    I just LIVE in Indiana (some might call it “doin’ time”)…LOL

    Good post.
    Roll safe out there.


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