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John Dillinger helps 10 convicts escape to help him rob banks

A photograph of a retro stonework bank sign


Indiana State Prison gave John Dillinger, who would one day be on the FBI Most Wanted list, both a comprehensive education in how to rob banks by the best in the business, and an extensive contact book of criminals with all the necessary skills to make crime pay.

As soon as he was paroled, he smuggled guns to help his prison friends escape. But then Dillinger was put into a County Jail.

In a rare display of honour amongst thieves, the first act of the newly escaped prisoners was to spring Dillinger...