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John Dillinger mug shot

Mug shot of John Dillinger

A Whollyday occurring on 57 Confusion aka 22 July.


John Dillinger Day was begun by the John Dillinger Died For You Society who worked to get America out of the Great Depression. It was begun by a pseudonymous "Dr. Horace Naismith" (allegedly a Playboy editor by day and a maniac only by night), accepts as its savior John Dillinger, the gunman who robbed 23 banks and three police stations before he was shot dead by FBI agents in 1934 (YOLD 3100--ED).

JDDFYS members place memorial wreaths and floral bouquets at the Biograph Theater, where Dillinger was gunned down, every year on the anniversary of his death, July 22 (The 57th Day--Pungenday--of the Season of Confusion--the third season in the Discordian Year--ED). Their major spiritual teaching comes from Mr. Dillinger, whom they call St. John the Martyr, and consists of the words, "Lie down on the floor and keep calm," (St. John said this often to nervous and agitated bank officials before looting their tills). Every member ordained by Dr. Naismith gets a membership card making him or her an Assistant Treasurer, entitled to collect tithes from any new disciple naive enough to remain a disciple and not become an Assistant Treasurer, too, by writing to Dr. Naismith for a card.

The Church of the SubGenius also recognizes John Dillinger and has his saint day as March 31