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

One thought on “this day in crime history: november 27, 1934

  1. John D.:

    I read his WIKI, and I have to say that he started REAL early with bad behavior.
    You’d think after the Richter heist, he’d have enough moolah to take things easy for a long time.
    I will say that he sure got around, too.
    Cut his teeth with several gangs before Dillinger.
    Didn’t know he had a 1911 “mod” that was full-auto.
    (ahead of his time?)
    The pursuit of Nelson by the FBI is a really good read.
    (they need to make a GOOD movie about this)

    Stay safe out there.


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