Before he became Public Enemy No. 1, bank robber John Dillinger escaped the clutches of the law by escaping from prison, twice. Though his first prison term ended amicably, Dillinger immediately took back to his life of crime and was arrested again over conspiring to break out former fellow inmates Harry Pierpont and Homer Van Meter out of prison. Dillinger would find his way out of the Lima, Ohio jailhouse he was housed in when Pierpont, having previously escaped Indiana State Prison, posed as an officer to visit Dillinger and, in a panic, gunned down the sheriff guarding Dillinger. After a spree with his new gang, Dillinger was picked up, this time for the death of Officer William Patrick O’Malley. Though the prison he was held in, Crown Point, was said to be inescapable, Dillinger escaped by using a wooden gun he had carved and colored black with shoe polish.