John Dillinger reenactment

MASON CITY, Iowa – His real name is Randy Moser.

But now, he’s playing John Dillinger.

It’s all for the reenactment of the 1934 bank robbery of First National Bank in downtown Mason City.

“I like the history part of it because its not to far removed from history that we can meet people who were still alive or children at the time and that’s always a thrill because we get another perspective from people but also these young people right her make it fun for us,” said Moser.

Moser has been doing reenactments for years now, but he says this one always seems to have a lot of meaning.

“Because it shows how far law enforcement was behind at the time and how far ahead the gangsters were at the time and it also shows what it took to get law enforcement to what it is today,” said Moser.

And for those like Sara Heginger from Mason City, watching the scene come to life it’s a history lesson she can’t get enough of.

“Shootings, and the history of the gangsters themselves and how after six months they all were dead after six months,” said Heginger.

But putting aside the history lesson, Heginger just loves taking a trip back in time.

“The shootings, and the costumes and the cars,” said Heginger.

And for Moser, it’s about much more than reliving this historical moment.

“The best thing I’ve learned since I’ve done this besides the historical side is, is that no matter where we go in the country and do this, we always meet the nicest people,” said Moser.

The reenactment was all part of the River City Festival celebration.

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