In Ghostly’s twenty-third episode, Pat, Rebecca, and special guest Mondo explore the life and afterlife of John Dillinger, one of the FBI’s first #1 Most Wanted criminals. Dillinger robbed banks during the Great Depression while styling himself as a Robin Hood figure. Not only did he escape capture many times, he also escaped jail when he was captured. After he was finally trapped and killed by the Division of Investigation (later known as the FBI) outside of the Biograph Theater in Chicago, many claim to have seen his ghost. Does Dillinger’s spirit still haunt this earth?
Questions explored in this episode:
Who was John Dillinger? How did his life of crime start? Who was in his gang? How did he become so good at robbing banks? What made him different than other bank robbers? How did he escape capture so often? How did he escape from jail? When was he finally killed? Who betrayed him to the FBI? Where do people claim to see his ghost? What evidence is there that his ghost has been seen? What do people claim to see of his spirit? Does Dillinger’s ghost linger here?
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After the poll results, listen to Rebecca tell a ghost story inspired by a real story where Judy Garland met John Dillinger!
Then, listen to hear Pat give the history of John Dillinger with comments from Rebecca and Mondo. We learn the answers to our questions about Dillinger’s life and death as well as how he was finally caught.
Time for the debate! Rebecca shares evidence of John Dillinger’s ghost and how it haunts many places. Some say he can be seen in the alley by the Biograph Theater (now called Victory Gardens Theater) in Chicago. Others say they see his spirit in Crown Point, Indiana where he escaped from jail, and then there are those that say he can be found at the John Dillinger museum in Hammond, Indiana. Listen to Mondo’s and Pat’s response to these claims as well as everyone’s rating of each piece of evidence.
Be sure to stay for the whole episode to hear the “Closing Arguments” to help you make your choice before voting.
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Also included in this episode are, as always, poll results from our previous episode on The 27 Club Curse (Check out the episode here if you haven’t had a chance to listen yet).
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Music for this episode was performed by Michael Rivers
Intro: III. Allegro moderato from Gargoyles by Lowell Liebermann
Outro: Dream Images (Love-Death Music) by George Crumb
Bumper: Ghost Waltz by Lowell Liebermann