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Pretty Boy Floyd (aged 30)
American bank robber
Charles Arthur Floyd (February 3, 1904 – October 22, 1934) nicknamed Pretty Boy Floyd, was an American bank robber. He operated in the Midwest and West South Central States, and his criminal exploits gained widespread press coverage in the 1930s. Like several other prominent outlaws of that era, he was pursued and killed by a group led by Melvin Purvis. Historians have speculated as to which officers were at the event, local or the FBI: known accounts document that local officers Robert “Pete” Pyle and George Curran were present at his fatal shooting and also at his embalming. Floyd has continued to be a familiar figure in American popular culture, sometimes seen as notorious, but also at other times viewed as a tragic figure, partly a victim of the hard times of the Great Depression in the United States.
DEATH: The FBI named Floyd “Public Enemy No. 1]” on July 23, 1934, following the death of John Dillinger. Local police and FBI agents led by Melvin Purvis shot Floyd on October 22, 1934 in a corn field in East Liverpool, Ohio. Accounts differ on who shot him and the manner in which he was killed. He and Richetti had left Buffalo, New York on October 18, and their vehicle slid into a telephone pole in heavy fog. No one was injured, but the car was disabled, so they sent two female companions to get a tow truck. They planned to have the women accompany the tow truck driver into town and have the vehicle repaired while they waited by the roadside.