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Bank robber John Dillinger has plastic surgery to escape FBI

A stock photo showing a person undergoing a plastic surgery operation


Long before The Great Train Robber Ronnie Biggs did it, the great US bank robber, John Dillinger, realised the advantages of changing his appearance from that on the ‘Wanted’ posters.

So he and his criminal colleague, Van Meter, both used a safe house to have the surgery and recover. Dillinger did it just in time because a few months later, and on his 31st birthday, John Dillinger was declared first ‘Public Enemy Number One’ with a $10,000 reward for his capture...