Thursday marks 76th anniversary of Dillinger death

July 22, 2010 8:55:35 AM PDT
On July 22, 1934, bank robber John Dillinger was shot to death by federal agents outside Chicago's Biograph Theater, where he had just seen the Clark Gable movie "Manhattan Melodrama."

Dillinger's legend has survived the decades, with items from his life still selling at auction for thousands of dollars. A wooden gun that John Dillinger's relatives say was hand-carved by the one-time "Public Enemy No. 1" sold for $19,120 at auction in December 2009. A handwritten letter from the gangster was also auctioned off last October. And another letter sold for more than $60,000 two months earlier.

There's also a John Dillinger Museum run by the South Shore Conventions Authority in Hammond. It's a rare collection of everything Dillinger, including his youth, his family and his Midwest bank robbing adventures in 1934.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.