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Russell Lee Clark
Birth: Aug. 9, 1898
Death: Dec. 24, 1968

Organized Crime Figure. Born in Vigo County, Indiana, he was known as the good natured mobster of the John Dilinger gang. He began his criminal career in 1919, after being dishonorably discharged from the US Marine Corps. He was a partner of Ralston "Blackie" Linton during the early 1920s and together they robbed a series stores and roadhouses. He was finally caught after a robbery in Huntertown, Indiana and was sentenced to twenty years imprisonment in December 1927. A popular jokester among inmates, he was a pal of John Dilinger and when Dillinger was paroled, he financed the escape of his friends which enabled Clark and nine other convicts with guns to make a mass escape from the penitentiary in 1933. With Dilinger, he took part in the robbery of a Chicago bank, plus others through the mid-western states up to Michigan. The gang decided to hide out in Florida during the Christmas holidays of 1933 and regrouped in Tucson, Arizona, in early January 1934. On January 22, 1934, after a fire broke out in their hotel a local firefighter, recognized Clark who was the first to be arrested and returned to Michigan City. Ranked as the Nation's fifth most wanted criminal for robbery and the murder of Michigan City Sheriff Jess Sarber, he was convicted and sentenced to life imprisonment on March 24, 1934. He remained imprisoned for the next 34 years until being paroled for health reasons on August 14, 1968. He died of cancer four months later in Detroit, Michigan and was the last surviving member of the original Dillinger gang. (bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith) 

Cause of death: heart attack
 
Burial:
White Chapel Memorial Park Cemetery
Troy (Oakland County)
Oakland County
Michigan, USA
 
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Record added: Oct 09, 2000
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