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Don't Call Us Molls: Women of the John Dillinger Gang Paperback – November 1, 2002
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Poulsen tirelessly tracked down and interviewed anyone who could shed illumination on these women, including sources that have now disappeared forever. What she has been able to reconstruct are the emotions, that human variable that fleshes out the mysterious machinations of the boldest criminals of the twentieth century. Poulsen nearly accounts for every day of their lives, with details heretofore undiscovered by the host of Dillinger gangsterologists who have authored some excellent books.
Through the women, you will never get closer to John Dillinger and his men. They were the mirrors that complete the story. Stoic, loyal, and tough as bullets, they loved, traveled, nursed and nurtured their men, disdaining authority and keeping to the code of discretion that earned them the newspaper title of "Molls.Read more ›
Billie Frechette is the main character here. We learn of her early life, being shuttled to government "Indian schools," where she retained pride in her Menominee heritage despite the curriculum, and how she didn't really fit into reservation life (with her "wild girl" rep established early on). Nor was city life kind to her, as she got by with a series of low-rent jobs and lowlife men. Before and after she knew his true identity, Billie thought Dillinger a charming guy, and while his ample spending money was quite attractive, he also took her dancing and never got drunk -- certainly an improvement over all the other men she knew.
Poulsen clearly shows empathy for her subjects, which may have affected the questions she chose NOT to ask of her research. For example, in the first chapter she compiles hints and circumstantial evidence (such as the prevalence of syphillis among the Menominees in the '20s) that suggest Billie may have been so afflicted.Read more ›
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Have finished with the book yet but it is a fascinating read!Published 2 months ago by Antonio Loret de Mola
Pretty good book. Gets bogged down in details at times but is a good representation of the times.Published 7 months ago by Phoenixx
Interesting book, but at times a little too "Textbooky" for me, but I'm glad I read it.Published 14 months ago by Cynthia G.
Being a family member of Beth Green (Aunt Bess, to me) I found this stories riveting! To learn about a world in which I wasn't even born, yet my aunt was very involved in, was... Read morePublished on March 10, 2014 by Rachel A Otte
I bought this for my husband and he read it in a couple of days. He loves the Gangster era and we own cars from that era so this was right up his alley if you'll pardon the pun.Published on October 2, 2011 by Sharon Johnson
I've read more books than I care to have read about Dillinger because I give tours at the cemetery in Indianapolis where he is buried with his mom and dad. Read morePublished on October 6, 2010 by tdav53
This is a great book on not only John Dillinger but Henry Peirponts and aothers of the era .... I have always enjoyed reading about the Crime wave during the depression and this... Read morePublished on February 26, 2010 by "Charlotte"
The book is quite good and detailed, overly detailed. It was as if after years of research the writer felt compelled to put in every note on each subject she had. Read morePublished on November 11, 2009 by Dan Price