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John Dillinger Death Mask on Display in Springfield, Ill. Museum

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John Dillinger death mask, 1 of 4, on loan from Dan Gunnell Private Collection. (photo credit: Illinois State Police)

John Dillinger death mask, 1 of 4, on loan from Dan Gunnell Private Collection. (photo credit: Illinois State Police)

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (KMOX) – Historians and crime buffs can get a rare glimpse of a plaster mask of noted criminal John Dillinger this weekend (September 26-28).

It’s part of the Gangs of Illinois display at the Illinois State Police Heritage Foundation (ISPHF) Museum in Springfield, Ill.

“The Dillinger death mask is symbolic of the Prohibition era when mob bosses and bootleggers struggled to control territory through violence with each other and with law enforcement,” said ISPHF President Ron Colley.

“The mask is as mysterious as it is intriguing, leaving one to guess Dillinger’s method of operation,” he added.

Four plaster death masks were cast from Dillinger’s face shortly after his death in 1934.

The ISPHF Museum is open from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Its located on old Route 66 at 4000 N. Peoria Rd. in Springfield, Illinois. From more information, interested visitors can go to http://isphf.org, or call 217-525-1922

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