A few months ago, the search was on for John Dillinger’s beginnings; he was born here after all. The house in which he was born is no longer standing, but the elementary school he entered in 1908 at age 5–though no longer used as a school–still exists.  You must wonder when someone becomes famous or infamous and what role place played in the development and trajectory of a life. While the influence of parents and family is of paramount importance, the experience of the outside world also helps shape and mold people become, on a daily basis. It’s fair to ponder which kernels of his youth transformed him into the tragic and notorious criminal he would become–and we have to ask did this place have a hand in that somehow?