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With her husband Welton in prison, 25 year old Billie moved on with her life. She continued to work at odd jobs while living in an apartment on West Addison in Chicago. Billie and her girlfriends enjoyed their evenings dating and "cabereting" as she called it. She liked the party life and having a good time with others.

On one November evening while in the Olympic Lounge located in an Apartment building on Clark St., a 30 year old gentleman was introduced to her as Jack Harris. There was an instant attraction between the two.

"I'll never forget that. It happened the way things do in the movies. I was 25 years old and I wasn't any different from all the other girls that were 25 years old. Nothing that happened to me up to that time to amount to anything. Then I met John and everything was changed. I started a new kind of life said Billie. He grinned at her with the cute cockie half grin and said, "Where have you been all my life?" She was hooked.

Evelyn said, "There was something in those eyes that I will never forget. They were piercing and electric, yet there was an amused carefree twinkle in them too. They met my eyes and held me hypnotized for an instant."

Little did she know he was really John Dillinger and that her life was about to make a drastic change. According to Billie, "He might just as well have said his name was John Dillinger then because I didn't know any different. I didn't read the newspapers. I didn't know for a long time after that what his real name was. I didn't know then he was the John Dillinger everybody under the sun was looking for.

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