this day in crime history: october 22, 1934

On this date in 1934, notorious outlaw Charles Arthur “Pretty Boy” Floyd was shot and killed in eastern Ohio.  According to the FBI version of the incident, Floyd was shot by agents as he jumped from a car and drew a .45 pistol.  Another version has it that he was shot and wounded by East Liverpool, OH police sharpshooter Chester Smith, and that FBI agents executed Floyd after briefly questioning him.  At the risk of appearing to be a victim of J. Edgar Hoover’s propaganda machine, I’m inclined to believe the FBI’s account.  But I guess we’ll never know for sure.

Further reading:

FBI Famous Cases: Kansas City Massacre – Charles Arthur “Pretty Boy” Floyd


Wikipedia – Pretty Boy Floyd

2 thoughts on “this day in crime history: october 22, 1934

  1. John D.:
    I’d run w/ the FBI account as well.
    Hoover was all about HIM (as long as anyone didn’t delve into his personal life).

    The way he was killed in the movie DILLINGER has him eating breakfast at a farm hous (posing as a was the depression era), then running across a field from the FBI when he’s shot dead.
    At least that’s what I recall…been a while since I saw the movie.
    (creative license, no doubt).

    Good post.

    Roll safe out there.


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