Lock up your wallets! Infamous gangster John Dillinger's Getaway Car is currently "hiding" in the Greater Richmond Convention Center
RICHMOND , VA - Notorious Depression-era bank robber John Dillinger is no longer on the loose, but his 1933 Essex Terraplane getaway car is still on the road during this 77th anniversary of the infamous outlaw's death. After departing Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI), where it resided for 18 months, the car is now on display in the 3rd Street corridor of the Exhibit Hall Building at the Greater Richmond Convention Center next to the Visitor Center. The car, valued at about $150,000, is on loan from the National Museum of Crime and Punishment in Washington, D.C. It was displayed there from 2008 until early 2010.
"The Dillinger car display is a treat for convention attendees and other visitors to the Richmond Region Visitor Center," said Jack Berry, president and CEO of the Richmond Metropolitan Convention and Visitors Bureau. "Guests to the Richmond Region can gather information from the Visitor Center and also learn about an exciting time in American history. We invite area residents to join in the fun and come to the Convention Center to see the car and the accompanying historical information."
"Whether visitors are here for a convention, meeting, wedding or any other type of event, they'll enjoy this relic from a tumultuous time in our nation's history," said Michael Meyers, general manager of the Greater Richmond Convention Center for private management firm Global Spectrum. "We are excited about the opportunity to offer Convention Center guests and Richmond Region residents a chance to see the John Dillinger car up close and personal throughout the next year."
Dillinger was an infamous bank robber during the early years of the Great Depression. His criminal activities and the hunt for his arrest not only captivated the country through sensationalist media, but also led to the formal creation of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). Dillinger purchased the Essex in March 1934 from the Potthoff Brothers Motor Company in St. Paul, Minnesota, and used it until April 7, 1934 when he and his brother, Hubert, crashed the car in a farm field. On March 31, 1934 at Lincoln Court Apartments in St. Paul, Dillinger and his girlfriend, Evelyn Frechette, escaped a shootout with the police. Dillinger took a bullet in his left leg and two slugs can still be seen from the front cowl panel of the Essex. Dillinger was finally caught and killed by police at a theater in Chicago in July 1934. In 2009, actor Johnny Depp immortalized Dillinger in the Universal movie, Public Enemies .
The getaway car will remain on display at the Convention Center until late 2012.
About the National Museum of Crime & Punishment
NMCP's mission is to provide guests of all ages with a memorable insight into the issues of crime, crime fighting, and the consequences of committing a crime in America through a captivating interactive, entertaining and educational experience. The museum is located on 7th Street NW between E and F Streets in downtown Washington, D.C. at the Gallery Place/Chinatown Metro (Arena exit). For more information, visit http://www.crimemuseum.org/
About the Greater Richmond Convention Center
The Greater Richmond Convention Center is a state-of-the-art, high-tech facility featuring 700,000 square-feet of flexible space. The Center allows the Richmond Region to compete for national, regional and local conventions, meetings, sporting events and tradeshows. The Center hosts over 500 events annually, varying from 10 person meetings to 3500 person dinners. The 30,550- square-foot Grand Ballroom is the largest in the region and the 180,000-square-foot exhibition floor is the largest exhibition space in the Commonwealth of Virginia, making the Greater Richmond Convention Center an ideal location for a wide variety of events. For more information, visit http://www.richmondcenter.com/.
About Global Spectrum
Global Spectrum (global-spectrum.com) manages the Greater Richmond Convention Center, as well as more than 100 other public assembly facilities around the world. Nearly 20-million people attended more than 11,000 events in Global Spectrum venues last year. Based in Philadelphia, PA, Global Spectrum is part of Comcast-Spectacor, one of the world's largest sports and entertainment companies. Comcast-Spectacor also owns the Philadelphia Flyers of the National Hockey League, the Philadelphia 76ers of the National Basketball Association, Ovations Food Services, a food and beverage services provider, New Era Tickets, a full-service ticketing and marketing product for public assembly facilities, Paciolan, the leading provider of venue establishment ticketing, fundraising and marketing technology solutions, Front Row Marketing Services, a commercial rights sales company, and Flyers Skate Zone, a series of community ice skating rinks. In a partnership with Disson Skating, Comcast-Spectacor annually produces eight nationally televised figure skating spectaculars on NBC-TV.
The Richmond Metropolitan Convention & Visitors Bureau (RMCVB), the official destination marketing and tourism organization for the Richmond Region, is a private, not-for-profit organization dedicated to promoting the Region to meeting planners, tour operators and leisure travelers. RMCVB operates three Visitor Centers located at the Greater Richmond Convention Center downtown, the Richmond International Airport and Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World in Hanover County.
More than 5.7 million people visit the Richmond Region annually, contributing more than $1.6 billion to the local economy. Tourism generates nearly 20,000 jobs in the Richmond Region. For more information, visit http://www.visitrichmondva.com/.