Public Enemy No. 1 John Dillinger and his gang were nabbed by local cops while hiding out in a university-area bungalow (927 N. Second Ave.) in January 1934. The authorities became suspicious of the men after they'd given a $12 tip to local firefighters to retrieve some heavy bags from a room in a flame-engulfed Hotel Congress. Press reports said Dillinger complained to police, "My God, how did you know I was in town? I'll be the laughing stock of the country. How could a hick town police force ever suspect us?"
Dillinger later escaped from an Indiana jail and was killed in a shoot-out with police.