Page 516. " John Dillinger "
John Dillinger mugshot
Public DomainJohn Dillinger mugshot - Credit: Federal Bueau of Investigation

John Dillinger (1903-1934) was a Depression-era gangster and bank robber. His gang robbed two dozen banks, crimes in which a dozen people were killed. He became the most notorious criminal of his day, and J. Edgar Hoover expanded the FBI as a consequence to tackle organised crime.

Dillinger was shot dead outside the Biograph Theater in Chicago by federal agents. There were reports that when he died people rushed forward to dip their handkerchiefs in his blood as a souvenir.

Page 516. " Der Müde Tod "

Der Müde Tod is a German silent film directed by Fritz Lang and released in 1921. In it, a woman is granted three chances to save her lover, if love can triumph over death. Three stories make up this battle, an adventure set in Persia, a romance set in Renaissance Venice and a comedy set in China.

Page 518. " coming on like Smith, Klein, 'n' French "

Smith, Kline & French was a pharmaceutical company that today makes up part of GlaxoSmithKline.

In 1830, John K. Smith opened a drugstore in Philadelphia, called John K Smith & Co. In 1865, Mahlon Kline joined the organisation as a bookkeeper. He gradually assumed greater responsibility, and the company became Smith, Kline & Company. In 1891, they took over the company French, Richards & Company, granting them access to more brands. Their name changed to Smith, Kline & French Company, and they began to focus more on research.