DEAD: Baby Face Nelson

DEAD: ON THIS DATE

Baby Face Nelson (aged 25)
American bank robber

Lester Joseph Gillis (December 6, 1908 – November 27, 1934), known by the alias George Nelson, better known as Baby Face Nelson, was an American bank robber in the 1930s. Gillis was given the nickname Baby Face due to his youthful appearance and small stature, although few dared call him “Baby Face” to his face. Criminal associates instead called him “Jimmy”. Nelson entered into a partnership with John Dillinger, helping him escape from prison during the famed Crown Point, Indiana Jail escape, and was later labeled along with the remaining gang members as public enemy number one.

DEATH: A short but furious gun battle between FBI agents and Nelson took place on November 27, 1934, outside Chicago in the town of Barrington, resulting in the deaths of Nelson and Federal Agents Herman “Ed” Hollis and Samuel P. Cowley.

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