Biograph. 50 x 45 inches. Painting on canvas 2000s Art Collection Doug Kemp.
Depicting the death of John Dillinger. After evading police in four states for almost a year, Dillinger was wounded and went to his father’s home to mend. He returned to Chicago in July 1934 and sought refuge in a brothel owned by Ana Cumpănaș or Anna Sage, nicknamed the Woman in Red.
She informed authorities of his whereabouts as a way of obtaining permanent US residence. On July 22, 1934, local and Federal law enforcement closed in on the Biograph Theatre.
As BOI (Bureau of Investigation, later renamed the FBI) agents moved to arrest Dillinger as he exited the theatre, he never drew a gun but attempted to flee. He was shot multiple times in the back and was killed; this was later ruled as justifiable homicide. John Dillinger’s famous dying words were……but only as speculation….”You got me”
There were stories of women soaking their handkerchiefs with his blood as macabre souvenirs. Ana Cumpănaș was eventually deported.