The January 1934 capture in Tucson of John Dillinger — then one of the most wanted men in the country for committing a string of bank robberies in the Midwest — will be commemorated this weekend downtown.
The headlines on the front page of the Jan. 26, 1934, Star reported:
“DILLINGER GANG CAPTURED HERE”
“POLICE FORCED TO USE GUNS IN NABBING TWO GANGSTERS, OTHERS SUBMIT TO OFFICERS”
“Triggerman Pulls Gun On Chief In City Lockup”
“IDENTITY IS SURE”
“Men Are Wanted In East For Murders, Bank Robberies”
Tucson police were tipped off that Dillinger was in town and arrested him and three of his gang without firing a shot.
Dillinger later escaped from an Indiana jail. Soon after that he was shot to death by FBI agents as he left a movie theater in Chicago.
Go to azstarnet.com/retrotucson to find photo slide shows as well as original newspaper accounts of the Dillinger Gang’s capture.
Retro Tucson is also where you can find photos of Tucson before its downtown skyscrapers were built and a visual history of the University of Arizona.