Big speech gets blessing in Dillinger...

Big speech gets blessing in Dillinger movie

There are 13 comments on the Chicago Tribune story from Jul 1, 2009, titled Big speech gets blessing in Dillinger movie. In it, Chicago Tribune reports that:

After watching the excellent new Johnny Depp movie "Public Enemies" -- the story of romanticized desperado John Dillinger 's murder in Chicago with the help of the Outfit -- Wings and I realized something.

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Quincy, IL

#1 Jul 2, 2009
Really? Dillinger was delivered up by the mob? Seriously? You mean you cannot trust the press? They reported it and nobody dug into it? Nobody said anything after all these years?


Zion, IL

#2 Jul 2, 2009
Huh, not "delivered up" by the mob, he was no longer protected by the more doctors, no more emergency housing, no more temps to do a job, no more pay-offs on his behalf. He was out in the cold, on his own.

Lansdale, PA

#3 Jul 2, 2009
I think that you know where you stand with the mob. If they grow weary of you then you end up as worm food somewhere in a cornfield or fish food in the Cal-Sag. With the government though you end up being bent over the table at every turn while they have their greeding fingers in your pocket. I'll take the mob.
Rico Youngblood

Phoenix, AZ

#4 Jul 2, 2009
Excellent column, John.
Guy Fawkes

Schaumburg, IL

#5 Jul 2, 2009
My (now retired) State farm agent once had to go to Paul “the Waiter” Ricca’s home in River Forest to take pictures, as he had recently insured Ricca’s home…he was setting up taking some photos, when he said an Italian fella the size of a linebacker came out of the house with eyes ablaze about to attack him asking “Why the hell you taking pictures of this house??!” When my Insurance guy explained he was with State Farm, Ricca happened to come out of the house and calm the big fella down from pounding my insurance agent.
Rico Youngblood

Phoenix, AZ

#6 Jul 2, 2009
About 15 years ago, we were at a Golf outing/fund-raiser for Mayor Richie. In the clubhouse afterward, the golfers (big shots) were sitting around. Frank Kruesi comes in from his job as head of the CTA. He's looking around trying to mingle when he spots Richie sitting at a tent table with Timmy Degnan and some other "guys". Frank, with his Moe Howard hair-do, saunters over to the table and tries to connect. Timmy said "get ME a drink Frank." Frank almost wets himself and hustles off to the bar and then has to return to ask what Timmy drinks. Timmy just rolled his eyes and said "Can't you get nuttin right"? I guess thats why Frank isn't boss at the CTA anymore. I'm sure if Timmy wanted his shoes shined, Frank would pull out the wax from his pocket and whistle as he was snapped the rag. Frank with all his degrees, Washington D.C. experience, Springfield "gu-mar" and false bravado was just a little boy in front of the real power behind the scene.

Page, AZ

#7 Jul 2, 2009
The Potawatomis were the last renegades in Chicago.

Oak Park, IL

#11 Jul 2, 2009
Excellent article. But, we all know there is no such thing ...

Sunnyvale, CA

#13 Jul 2, 2009
I'm guessing John had the Salsiccia e Peperoni - 10.95
Mild Italian pork sausage, roasted peppers in a white wine sauce
Going Home

Barrington, IL

#15 Jul 2, 2009
Please fill us in on who is in charge and the street crew bosses of the mob today! We all know about the Tuna, the Waiter, and Al but that was a long time ago.
Ima Italian

Villa Park, IL

#16 Jul 2, 2009
It's Gravy not Sauce if you are taking an Italian angle..
dan white

Chicago, IL

#17 Jul 3, 2009
So Kass,it looks like im the only one who sees the parallels between Dillinger and Blagojevich.Wasnt Rod the modern day bandit who was bringin big heat on the rest of those crooks(Madigan,Daley,Cullerton ,Fritchey,the Banks boys)so they stopped protecting him?

Chicago, IL

#18 Jul 8, 2009
Ima Italian wrote:
It's Gravy not Sauce if you are taking an Italian angle..
Obviously...Southern Italian.

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