Grandma Encounters John Dillinger

Just received this email from my grandma today, and was so excited after reading it.  I have heard a lot of stories from her about the depression, WWII, and all sorts of times throughout the 50’s and 60’s, but had never heard this one before.  Especially since I had recently watched Public Enemies – the awesome remake of the movie about The Dillinger Gang and had done some related Wikipedia searching on the topic.    Anyway, check out what Grandma wrote about her encounter with Dillinger:

It was probably 1932,  people were out of work, which meant some found other ways to”earn” money &  support themselves or families.  Some resulted to robbery, & a famous robber was Dillinger, among others.   He became a bank robber & I heard my Dad talk about such things.  Mother had the radio on one day, & they were telling  there had been a bank robbery in Enid by
Dillinger, …one of the “outstanding” robbers.   It was summer, I played outside much of the time—on our front porch or  in the yard ….That day,  while jumping rope on the sidewalk from our house to the walk along our street, & being an “observant” gal, I watched the cars driving along our West Oklahoma street……wondering where they were going & who were they ??     WELL, here, coming down the street in the next block was a big black car,driving FAST —-I  was on the porch watching it approach AND I JUST KNEW THAT IT HAD TO BE DILLINGER MAKING HIS GET AWAY,   also I could just “SEE” machine guns sticking out the windows !!!   After it drove by I ran in the house to tell Mother…….. For some reason, she assured me it was probably NOT Dillinger, however I was not convinced that I had’nt seen him “getting away”.  I have no way of proving myself right or wrong, but think it just  HAD to be him…….!!! ??         love,   mom/gma
Another cool Dillinger fact – my Aunt (this grandma’s daughter) was an extra in the John Dillenger movie that was filmed in the 60’s.  She was in the scene at the end of the movie where he is shot walking out of the movie theatre!
Pretty cool to read, huh?
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