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Calling All CarsRadio Dragnets and the Technology of Policing$
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Kathleen Battles

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780816649136

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816649136.001.0001

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Gang Busting

Gang Busting

Criminals and Citizens in a Professional World

Chapter:
(p.105) Chapter 3 Gang Busting
Source:
Calling All Cars
Author(s):

Kathleen Battles

Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:10.5749/minnesota/9780816649136.003.0004

This chapter focuses on how the public glamorized crimes and criminal figures, as evident in the increasing consumption of gangster-headlined newspapers and motion pictures. The most prominent criminal personalities include Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow, as well as John Dillinger. Bonnie and Clyde were American outlaws and robbers, responsible for killing nine police officers and several civilians; while Dillinger is a gangster and bank robber who escaped from jail twice. The chapter also describes four ways in which radio programs attempted to shift the blame for the crime problem from the police to criminals, strongly criticizing vigilantism and arguing that citizens can help prevent crime by yielding to the expertise and authority of the police.

Keywords:   romanticizing crime, Bonnie Parker, Clyde Barrow, John Dillinger, gangster films, radio programs, crime problem

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