Dillinger’s Showdown in Tuscon

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A reading from America’s historic newspapers

The Gangster Chronicles 1.3
Dillinger’s Showdown in Tuscon

From the time he was paroled from the Michigan City prison in May, 1933, to the time he was gunned down by police on a Chicago sidewalk 14 months later, John Herbert Dillinger was one of America’s most notorious scoundrels.

In chapter one, we looked at the escape of ten convicts from the Indiana penitentiary at Michigan City and the subsequent delivery of Dillinger from the Lima, Ohio, jail that led to the death of Sheriff Jesse Sarber. In Chapter Two, Dillinger and his new gang blazed a trail of terror across the Midwest.

Now, the wanted desperados have made their way to Tuscon, Arizona, to escape the heat of Chicago, but a hotel fire spells the beginning of the end for most of the outlaw gang.

Musical direction by Chuck Wiggins.

Sources and Clips:

Indianapolis Star, January 27, 1934
Indianapolis Star, January 27, 1934
Indianapolis Star, January 26, 1934
Indianapolis Star, January 26, 1934
Indianapolis Star, January 28, 1934
Indianapolis Star, January 28, 1934
Indianapolis Star, March 4, 1934
Indianapolis Star, March 4, 1934
Indianapolis Star, January 27, 1934
Indianapolis Star, January 27, 1934
Indianapolis Star, January 26, 1934
Indianapolis Star, January 26, 1934
The East Liverpool (Ohio) Evening Review, February 6, 1934
The East Liverpool (Ohio) Evening Review, February 6, 1934

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Indianapolis Star, January 31, 1934
Indianapolis Star, January 31, 1934
Indianapolis Star, January 29, 1934
Indianapolis Star, January 29, 1934

The Charlie Chaplin Mustache Mystery

A audio-drama inspird by America’s historic newspapers, featuring the Past Tense Players.

Chicago, Illinois

January 21, 1916

“The Charlie Chaplin Mustache Mystery” tells the tale of a daring rush hour robbery, the cold-blooded murder of a police officer, and the hunt for the killer and his blonde accomplice.

The Past Tense Players are Emily Simer Braun, Suzanne Beckner, Chris Laycock, Tim Spoonster, Rachel Michelle Jones, Sean R. Jones, Benjamin Miller, Barry Price, Steve Colwell and Terrance Huff.

Musical direction by Chuck Wiggins.

Recorded at Cortelyou Studios and the studios at TVHamilton.

Sound effects courtesy freesfx.co.uk and freesound.org.

Sources:

 

Chicago Tribune, January 22, 1916
Chicago Tribune, January 22, 1916
Chicago Tribune, January 23, 1916
Chicago Tribune, January 23, 1916
Chicago Tribune, January 24, 1916
Chicago Tribune, January 24, 1916
Chicago Tribune, January 24, 196
Chicago Tribune, January 24, 1916
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Chicago Tribune, January 26, 1916
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Chicago Tribune, January 27, 1916
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Chicago Tribune, January 29, 1916
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Decauter (Illinois) Daily Review, January 30, 1916
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Chicago Tribune, February 9, 1916
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Chicago Tribune, February 15, 1916
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Chicago Tribune, February 19, 1916
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Chicago Tribune, February 28, 1916
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Chicago Tribune, March 7, 1916
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Chicago Tribune, April 17, 1916
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Chicago Tribune, May 14, 1916
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Chicago Tribune, July 31, 1916
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Chicago Tribune, August 25, 1917