I was listening to an old Jean Shepherd radio show in which the radio raconteur discussed John Dillinger folklore at length. His point was that even though Dillinger was a cold-blooded killer, and robber, and all-around bad guy, he carefully built up a public image that made him seem a hero of sorts. Odd. And Shep also said that Dillinger was jailed as a youth for a relatively minor offense, and sent to a low-security penal camp. But when he proved to be a great baseball player at the camp, prison officials wanted him for the prison team, so he moved up to hard time in the big house, thereby cementing his anti-social attitude.