Defending the Dillinger Gang

Jessie Levy and Bess Robbins in the Courtroom

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About the Book

In the early 1930s women practicing criminal law were often held in the same low regard as the clients they served. When a corrupt prosecutor was determined to send as many of the notorious John Dillinger gang to death row as he could, female attorneys Jessie Levy and Bess Robbins rose to the challenge. They skillfully represented six of the gang members, a number far greater than any of their male counterparts. And yet, their story of deals gone bad, wrongful convictions and success against the odds has all but vanished from history. The recent discovery of interviews, personal correspondence, and court transcripts—a treasure trove untouched for over 80 years—forms the basis for this book, which traces the careers of Jessie Levy, Bess Robbins and the John Dillinger gang in detail for the first time.

About the Author(s)

D.M. Testa has researched several Prohibition era true crime books. She lives in Leroy, New York.

Bibliographic Details

D.M. Testa
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Bibliographic Info: ca. 50 photos, notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2020
pISBN: 978-1-4766-8209-9
eISBN: 978-1-4766-4033-4
Imprint: Exposit