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facing fear

The story Behind

Evelyn Frechette

Evelyn, like many young Native Americans, was forcibly taken to an Indian Boarding School in South Dakota. She spent much of the next ten years learning Christianity. Western Culture believed it was necessary to civilize the Indians, thereby saving the man inside. In the 1930s poverty ran rampant among the population, especially the minorities. Evelyn’s only relative that did not live on the reservation at the time was her sister Anna, who lived in Chicago, Illinois. On the trip from South Dakota, traveling alone, hitchhiking when possible, she was brutally attacked and raped.

his eyes were electric

Evelyn, like many young women, sought to find love and start a family. In her travels, she met and married Welton Sparks. Blind to Welton’s escapades, their shot-gun wedding took place in the jail before they sentenced him to twenty-five years for mail fraud. After his admittance to Leavenworth, she began collecting endangered spouse payments to supplement her income. One evening while out with her girlfriends ‘cabereting,’ she met a man named Jack Harris.

an instant attraction

An instant attraction blossomed. “I’ll never forget that. It happened the way things do in the movies. I was 25 years old, but I wasn’t any different from all the other girls that were my age. Nothing that had happened to me up to that time could amount to anything. However, that night everything changed. I started a new kind of life,” Billie said.

Facing Fear - Evelyn Frechette

john dillinger

Evelyn quickly learned what it meant to be loved; her new companion instantly showered her with luxurious gifts. The young girl who fought to endure a failing economy discovered how the other side lived. However, the perks of their relationship came with a downside. The law-abiding lifestyle she lived would soon collide when her love affair with John Dillinger flourished.

The turn of events devastated Evelyn but was serving time for her involvement in the bank robberies. After her release, she wrote a booklet about her experience. It sold for twenty-five cents. At the same time, she joined the show called ‘Crime Does Not Pay.’ Evelyn said she is a survivor and has a story to tell. Facing Fear reveals the hidden life of Evelyn Frechette, John Dillinger’s girlfriend. An incredible woman who faced the unthinkable.

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