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80 years since Golden Age of Crime ended

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CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -

It’s been called the Golden Age of crime in America, but on July 22, 1934 – 80 years ago Tuesday - in front of the Biograph Theater in Lincoln Park it all came to an end.

The night’s feature film was the gangster flick “Manhattan Melodrama,” but for many in Chicago that night, it was an escape from the 100 degree temperatures.

In the audience, escaping the heat, was a man many in the country considered to be a hero, a modern day Robin Hood. The U.S. Government saw him as public enemy number one: His name was John Dillinger.

Johnny Rocco is a guide for the Untouchable Tours, a group which embraces and appreciates the underworld history of Chicago.

And even with eight decades of history paved over the moment, the death of infamous bank robber John Dillinger is as vibrant in the Lincoln Park alleyway as it ever was.

And while the empty alley is left with nothing to commemorate the history, a reflection of many’s wish to ignore this dark aspect of Chicago’s past – Rocco believes there should be.

You can ignore it or celebrate it, but it’s part of what our city is -- and 80 years ago Tuesday, a little of that ended.

John Dillinger helped define that “Golden Age of Crime in America.” And whether you like it not, you can’t erase the past.

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