Who was the “Lady in Red” who betrayed John Dillinger?

Immediately after John Dillinger’s death, rumors quickly spread about a mysterious “Lady in Red” who had betrayed Dillinger by pulling out a handkerchief as she left the theater.

Ironically, the lady dressed in red wasn’t Anna Sage, Dillinger’s real betrayer, but his unsuspecting date, Polly Hamilton, who was wearing a dark orange dress.

Another irony: Turning Dillinger in didn’t do Sage any good; she was deported anyway.

It’s true that no good deed goes unpunished.

About Karen Hill

Karen Hill is a freelance writer, editor, and columnist. Born in New York, her work has appeared in the Examiner, Yahoo News, Buzzfeed, among others.

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