CNN publishes a top 10 list of famous spies and snitches
1. Anna Sage: Dillinger's deadly date
The Tale: Anna Sage was a Romanian immigrant who came to America in 1909 and found work in a brothel in East Chicago, Indiana.
Although she was successful in this venerable and established field (she opened several of her own houses of ill repute in Indiana and Illinois), the Department of Labor sought to deport her as an"alien of low moral character."
But when famed bank robber John Dillinger -- whom she met through mutual gal pal Polly Hamilton -- asked her to a movie, Sage thought she'd found a way to stamp her Green Card. Dillinger was wanted in five states, and Sage hoped that if she turned him in, the good karma would translate into an invitation to stay in the United States.
The Tattle: To stage the arrest, Sage called her ex-boyfriend, Martin
Zarkovich, at the East Chicago Police Department, and was put in contact
with agent Melvin Purvis, who was working the Dillinger case for the FBI.
Sage told Purvis about her upcoming date with Dillinger at the Biograph
Theater on July 22, 1934. (O.K., maybe she didn't specify the year...)...
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