Dillinger, Anniversary Edition

Dillinger, Anniversary Edition

The Untold Story
G. Russell Girardin and William J. Helmer, edited by With the assistance of Rick Mattix. G. Russell Girardin and William J. Helmer
Distribution: World
Publication date: 07/16/2009
Format: Paperback 30 b&w photos
ISBN: 978-0-253-22110-0
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While researching a book on Depression-era outlaws, Playboy editor William J. Helmer stumbled upon a 600-page manuscript on John Dillinger. Written in the 1930s by G. Russell Girardin but never published, Dillinger: The Untold Story is a captivating and revealing account of Dillinger's life and crimes, based in part on information given to Girardin by the outlaw's lawyer, Louis Piquett, shortly after Dillinger's death. Though a series of articles written by Girardin and Piquett appeared in various newspapers at the time, the manuscript continued to yellow on the shelf for half a century until Helmer met Girardin and agreed to help get it published. This anniversary edition is filled with more illustrations and new information from FBI files and other sources, making it a rich and authentic slice of American history and a feast for true crime buffs.

Author Bio

G. Russell Girardin had a successful career as the head of an advertising agency. He died mere months after showing William J. Helmer the long-forgotten manuscript on Dillinger.

William J. Helmer is author of The Gun That Made the Twenties Roar and other books on the gangland era. He lives in Boerne, Texas.

Rick Mattix is author (with William J. Helmer) of Public Enemies: America's Criminal Past, 1919–1940. He lives in Bussey, Iowa.

Reviews

““ . . . a wild ride through one of the most fascinating periods in American criminal history.” —Chicago Tribune “ . . . the first comprehensive overview of Dillinger’s betrayal and killing. . . . A fascinating addition to the true-crime shelf.” —Digby Diehl, Playboy “Eminently revealing and enjoyable.” —Kirkus Reviews “This is one of the most unusual books in the annals of modern true-crime writing, for the bulk of the text was written 60 years ago and never before published. . . . Helmer has been faithful to the florid style of the original . . . copious and informative notes reflect his further research, based on sources not available to Girardin. The book constitutes a significant addition to Americana.” —Publishers Weekly “For true crime buffs, Dillinger: The Untold Story is a remarkable slice of American history.” —Nashville Banner “This year’s hottest contribution to the true crime genre . . . For the ultimate you-are-there account—including jailhouse interviews with gang members—Dillinger is hard to beat.” —Indianapolis Monthly “ . . . a wryly subversive commentary on the eternal, infernal interplay between law and lawbreaker.” —The Texas Observer Based on information supplied by Dillinger’s lawyer and other members of his gang, this is a remarkable contemporary account of one of the most notorious outlaws in America. Written in the 1930s by G. Russell Girardin but never published, Dillinger: The Untold Story is the inside scoop on the life and crimes of John Dillinger, who robbed and plundered his way across Middle America, only to be betrayed by the infamous “Woman in Red.” Packed with illustrations and new information, this is a feast for crime buffs.”

“For true crime buffs, Dillinger: The Untold Story is a remarkable slice of American history.”
 — Nashville Banner

“This year’s hottest contribution to the true crime genre . . . For the ultimate you-are-there account—including jailhouse interviews with gang members—Dillinger is hard to beat.”
 — Indianapolis Monthly

“ . . . a wryly subversive commentary on the eternal, infernal interplay between law and lawbreaker.”
 — The Texas Observer

“ . . . a wild ride through one of the most fascinating periods in American criminal history.”
 — Chicago Tribune

“ . . . the first comprehensive overview of Dillinger’s betrayal and killing. . . . A fascinating addition to the true-crime shelf.”
 — Digby Diehl, Playboy

“Eminently revealing and enjoyable.”
 — Kirkus Reviews

“This is one of the most unusual books in the annals of modern true-crime writing, for the bulk of the text was written 60 years ago and never before published. . . . Helmer has been faithful to the florid style of the original . . . copious and informative notes reflect his further research, based on sources not available to Girardin. The book constitutes a significant addition to Americana.”
 — Publishers Weekly

“A fascinating addition to the true-crime shelf.”
 — Playboy

“One of the most entertaining, thought-provoking, and enlightening works on one of history's most infamous figures.”
 — Austin American Statesman

“Eminently revealing and enjoyable.”
 — Kirkus Reviews

“Retains much of the spirit of the Depression era, when many regarded bankers as evil and bank robbers were celebrated in the media. . . . A significant addition to Americana.”
 — Publishers Weekly

“This book is a real steal and deserves to become legendary in its own right. . . . It reads like the best of fiction—only it's great history.”
 — Minnesota History

“. . . Girardin's book is a fantastic read.July 2, 2009”
 — therumpus.net

““ . . . a wild ride through one of the most fascinating periods in American criminal history.” —Chicago Tribune Written in the 1930s but first published in 1994, Dillinger: The Untold Story is a remarkable contemporary account of John Dillinger’s life and crimes. Packed with illustrations and new information from FBI files and other sources, it is an authentic slice of American history and a feast for true crime buffs. The new paperback edition adds still more information about Dillinger and his era.”

“This captivating account of a dangerous criminal, idolized by many as a present-day Robin Hood, remains a rich and authentic slice of American history for true crime buffs. "A fascinating addition to the true-crime shelf." —Playboy "One of the most entertaining, thought-provoking, and enlightening works on one of history's most infamous figures." —Austin American Statesman”

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Table of Contents

Contents
Foreword by Rick Mattix
Preface to the 75th Anniversary Edition
About the Book
Preface
I.
1. The Twig Is Bent
2. The Quality of Mercy
3. "And every man's hand"
4. The Gang Attains Maturity
5. A Florida Vacation
6. Prosecutor Estill Poses for a Picture
II.
7. Piquett Takes the Case
8. The Vanishing American
9. Wooden Gun, Indiana
10. How Dillinger Did It
III.
11. Enter Uncle Sam
12. Storm in the Midwest
13. Homecoming
14. Slaughter of Innocents
15. The Safest Place in America
IV.
16. Loeser Whets His Knife
17. Dillinger Goes to the Park
18. The Private Life of a Public Enemy
19. The Last Raid of the Dillinger Gang
20. Piquett Falls from Grace
V.
21. The Woman in Red
22. KILL DILLINGER HERE!
23. The Battle of Barrington
24. Piquett Pays the Price
25. Casualties
Epilogue
A Dillinger Chronology
Chicago Hideouts and Hangouts
Gravesites of Gang Members
After the Facts: Further Investigations by William J. Helmer
A Dillinger Miscellany Prepared by Rick Mattix and William J. Helmer
Acknowledgments
Sources
Index