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Prof. D. E. Ashworth lifts a plaster death mask off the face of John Dillinger while his students, Mata Snyder, Howard Johnson, Everett Jones, Walter Wyant and Marjorie Eker watch on July 23, 1934 at the Cook County Morgue in Chicago. Prof. Ashworth, of the Worsham College of Mortuary Science, had told employees at the morgue the he had permission to create the mask, but didn’t. Ashworth and his students were ousted from the morgue and the partially completed mask was confiscated by the police. Unbeknownst to the FBI, a complimentary copy of another death mask was sent to the bureau from the Relience Dental Corporation, who also did not have permission. To this day, there is controversy over how many death masks were made of Dillinger’s face and the authenticity of the masks. (Chicago Tribune historical photo) ….OUTSIDE TRIBUNE CO.- NO MAGS, NO SALES, NO INTERNET, NO TV, CHICAGO OUT, NO DIGITAL MANIPULATION… CHICAGO TRIBUNE CRIME HIST CRIME


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