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1933 John Dillinger Letter to His Father from Prison

1933 John Dillinger Letter to His Father from Prison

John Dillinger Autograph Letter Signed "Johnnie" to his Father Pleading for Help in Getting out of Prison. Two pages in ink, front and back of 5.5" x 8" plain sheet, no date [March 1933], no place [Michigan City Penitentiary, Indiana]. It was the age-old case of a young man, brought up in an honest, God-fearing family, who fell in with the wrong crowd of friends and paid for it with his freedom, and eventually with his life. This letter was written just weeks before his eventual parole on May 11, 1933, and Dillinger has obviously made some important criminal contacts and learned exactly how to manipulate the system. He was anxious to get out of prison and wrote this long, rambling, and rather demanding letter to his father, giving him detailed instructions on what to do and who to ask for help in his bid for freedom after eight+ years inside. In fine condition with original light folds; the paper is rather thin so the ink has bled through a bit but it is totally legible. Included with this letter is a handwritten and signed letter of provenance from Dillinger's half sister. On a 4" x 6" lined sheet, she has written: "Feb. 18, 1998/ This letter was written by/ John Dillinger, Jr. to our/ Dad, when he was in/ prison./ He had someone mail it/ for him./ Frances Dillinger Thompson/ Half sister of John Dillinger, Jr." Estimate: $35000 - up. Heritage Auctions Sale 6021

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Comment by Michael Riley on July 21, 2010 at 10:23am
Clicking on the link at the end of the description above will take you to the Heritage lot page where the letter is transcribed.
Comment by Alexa Johnson on July 20, 2010 at 11:55pm
OMG i would do anything to see this in person and understand what it says! can you please send me what it says in type????




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