this day in crime history: november 27, 1934

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.

Further reading:

FBI History – “Baby Face” Nelson

Crime Museum – Baby Face Nelson

Wikipedia – Baby Face Nelson

FBI Hall of Honor – Samuel P. Cowley

FBI Hall of Honor – Herman E. Hollis

6 thoughts on “this day in crime history: november 27, 1934

  1. I predicted this post a month or so ago when you posted one about the death of Pretty Boy Floyd.
    Everyone who goes to the movies knows both Floyd and Nelson were killed BEFORE Dillinger was offed on July 22. All three are in every Dillinger movie,and Dillinger always dies last. If Hollywood says so, it must be true.
    I’m like an oracle!


  2. John D.:
    Old1811 nailed it!
    And as far as hoping Oliver Stone takes to rewriting MORE of our history?
    I might have to pass on that one…heh.

    Good story.

    Stay safe.


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