Wednesday, April 19, 2023

'Baby Face' Nelson

On April 21, 1930, Nelson robbed his first bank, making off with $4,000.
Lester Joseph Gillis better known under the pseudonym George Nelson, was a bank robber and murderer in the 1930s. Gillis was known as Baby Face Nelson, a name given to him due to his youthful appearance and small stature.

Nelson was responsible for several murders, and has the distinction of having killed more FBI agents in the line of duty than any other single American citizen. As the FBI’s Public Enemy Number One, Nelson was killed in a shootout on November 27, 1934 at the age of 25.
Nelson and his crew were linked to a botched robbery in Summit, Illinois on Nov 23, 1930 that resulted in three dead and three wounded. Three nights later, they hit a tavern and Nelson ended up committing his first murder of note when he killed stockbroker Edwin R. Thompson. Nelson hooked up with the Dillinger gang and was made a high-priority target of the FBI.
Nelson's ‘Lemon Squeezer,’ was gifted to a mechanic who customized his car to outrun police. It sold for $21k in 2018.

After the death of Dillinger, Nelson was made public enemy number one.
A running gun battle between FBI agents and Nelson took place on November 27, 1934 outside Chicago. It resulted in the deaths of Nelson and FBI Agents Herman "Ed" Hollis and Samuel P. Cowley.
Nelson and his associates drove off in the agents' car. He was later found dead in a ditch in a nearby town. Nelson had been shot a total of seventeen times; seven submachine gun slugs had struck his torso and ten shotgun pellets had torn into his legs.