The first Public Enemy #1 ever


WORLD'S FIRST
PUBLIC ENEMY #1

THE LONGEST LIST OF THE LONGEST STUFF AT THE LONGEST DOMAIN NAME AT LONG LAST

Who was the world's first Public Enemy #1?

The term 'Public Enemy' got it's start in 1930 when Frank J. Loesch of the Chicago Crime Commission used it to describe Al Capone.

On April 24, 1930 the Chicago Tribune printed a list of the first 'Public Enemies'  (they had no numerical designation):

  • Al Capone

  • Ralph Capone

  • Frank Rio

  • Jack McGurn

  • Jake Guzik

  • Bugs Moran

  • Joe Aiello

  • Edward "Spike" O'Donnell

  • Joe "Polack Joe" Saltis

  • Myles O'Donnell

  • Frankie Lake

  • Terry Druggan

  • Tony "Mops" Volpe

  • William "Klondike" O'Donnell

  • James "Fur" Sammons

After a botched attempt at catching John Dillinger by the FBI, J. Edgar Hoover, in an attempt to save face made use of the term 'Public Enemy' and on June 22, 1934, Dillinger's 31st birthday, declared John Dillinger 'Public Enemy #1', the first person to be so designated.

On June 23, 1934 the FBI offered a $10,000 reward for his capture, and a $5,000 reward for information leading to his arrest.

John Dillinger was killed by FBI agents on July 22, 1934 at the Biograph Theater in the Lincoln Park after being turned in by Ana Cumpanas, who accompanied him to the theater with along with his girlfriend, Polly Hamilton.


John Dillinger


The first Public Enemy #1 ever

The first Public Enemy #1 ever

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