On this date in 1934, Lester Gillis, better known as George “Baby Face” Nelson (and don’t even think about calling him “Baby Face” to his baby face) died after being shot by FBI agents near Barrington, IL. Nelson was shot multiple times in a gun battle that also resulted in the deaths of FBI Inspector Samuel Cowley and Special Agent Herman Hollis. Nelson’s body was later found in a ditch, wrapped in a blanket.
FBI History – “Baby Face” Nelson
Crime Library – Baby Face Nelson: Childlike Mug, Psychopathic Soul
Wikipedia – Baby Face Nelson
FBI Hall of Honor – Samuel P. Cowley
FBI Hall of Honor – Herman E. Hollis