So Minnesota: St. Paul's connection to gangster John Dillinger

Updated: July 08, 2019 12:04 PM

A long time ago, St. Paul had a tough reputation. 

Gangsters, bank robbers, and bootleggers stayed in the capitol city back in the 1920s and '30s. 


One included the most wanted man in America: John Dillinger.

RELATED: Flashback Friday: John Dillinger shot his way out of St. Paul apartment complex 85 years ago

In 1934 Dillinger stayed at the Lincoln Court Apartments on Lexington Avenue and got into a gun battle with police. 

Dillinger and his girlfriend escaped out the back door. 

"He had the money to stay in a beautiful apartment building until of course everything fell apart and the FBI came knocking," Paul Maccabee, Author of John Dillinger Slept Here, said. "The Society of American Magicians awarded John Dillinger its Harry Houdini Award for escaping from St. Paul." 

A few months after escaping the city, Dillinger was shot and killed in Chicago. 

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