At 00:18 22.11.2004, Steve (the Realtor) wrote:
>All I know of Dillinger, I heard in an Elton John song, but it looks like
>the cops won again, and it's all over now for Danny Bailey. Hoover, even
>more ignorant of, may I confess.
>In a nutshell, then?
To make a long story short, sort of:
J. Edgar Hoover, perhaps the most powerful man in American history, was a
corrupt, dishonest law enforcer, supercop. He created the FBI. He deported
our beloved artist Charlie Chaplin from America after 40 years in the
country; he crushed and destroyed the Black Panther party; he hated Martin
Luther King intensely and tried to blackmail him into committing suicide.
He was a closet homosexual, a secret which made him extremely dangerous in
the thirties, forties, fifties, and sixties - which was once aptly pointed
out by (comedian and civil rights activist) Dick Gregory. The mafia owned
Hoover by having pictures of him in drag from gay clubs, so he never paid a
bill when dining in Italian restaurants, and of course he left organized
crime alone and focused on Communism instead. He did a lot of illegal
wiretapping and similar eavedropping on behalf of those presidents who
wanted such services to control their political opponents, especially FDR
When J. Edgar Hoover was asked later in his life what had been his greatest
thrill and triumph, he always answered, "The day we got John Dillinger." He
was referring to the day Dillinger was set up and gunned down by FBI agents
when coming out of a movie theater in Chicago July 22, 1934, after an 18
months record spree of robberies and escapes and shoot-outs.
John Dillinger was an honest outlaw with a vengeance. Twenty years old, he
got a very bad rap with the court after committing a crime for the first
time; they threw the book at him and he spent ten years behind bars. For
this, he swore revenge, and he pulled off this revenge so spectacularly and
successfully that he became a folk hero, especially when he destroyed all
the morgages and similar documents during his bank robberies and asked the
bank customers to tell their families that they no longer owed money to the
bank. And this was during the depression. Time after time, he escaped
police chases and traps, shooting his way out.
In those pre-television days, people went to the movie theater to see the
weekly newsreel, and when J. Edgar Hoover was shown, the crowd booed and
jeered, but when they saw John Dillinger - Public Enemy Number One and
America's first criminal celebrity - they stood up and cheered with
John Dillinger belongs to the outlaw heroes portrayed by Bob Dylan in some
of his early songs, especially from the "John Wesley Harding" album of
1968. Besides John Wesley Harding and John Dillinger, you have Billy the
Kid, Jessie James, and many more. Incidentally, they made a movie about
Billy the Kid with Kris Kristoffersen in the title role in 1969, where Bob
Dylan also starred.
Here are some John Dillinger websites: