Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Charles Arthur "Pretty Boy" Floyd

Charles Arthur "Pretty Boy" Floyd (February 3, 1904 – October 22, 1934) was an American bank robber. When paroled after his first bank robbery Floyd vowed that he would never see the inside of another prison.

He committed a series of bank robberies over the next several years; it was during this period that he acquired the nickname "Pretty Boy." According to one account, when the payroll master targeted in a robbery described the three perpetrators to the police, he referred to Floyd as "a mere boy — a pretty boy with apple cheeks." In 1929, Floyd was wanted in numerous serious cases.
Floyd and Adam Richetti became the primary suspects in a June 17, 1933, gunfight known as the "Kansas City massacre" that resulted in the deaths of four law enforcement officers.

On July 23, 1934, following the death of John Dillinger, "Pretty Boy" Floyd was named Public Enemy Number 1.
On October 22, 1934, Floyd was killed in an apple orchard near East Liverpool, Ohio, while being pursued by local law officers and FBI agents led by Melvin Purvis.

He hated his nickname so much that after being gunned down he made one final declaration, “I’m Charles Arthur Floyd.”