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

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

  1. Floyd’s family tried to portray him as a victim of circumstance. If there was any evidence he was murdered, they would have raised a fuss about it.


    • I’ve always doubted that version of the story. The agents were a little jumpy after losing several members to shootouts, so they might have been a bit quick on the trigger, but cold blooded murder is a different animal altogether.


  2. John D.:
    Yeah, I’m tending to believe the FBI report.
    It seems the most plausible.
    And while many would try to look at Floyd with some quasi-romanticism for that’ era’s gangsters, he was not the stuff of any “legend”.

    Good post.

    Roll safe out there.


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