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Encyclopedia > Baby Face Nelson
Baby Face Nelson
Born December 6, 1908(1908-12-06)
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.A.
Died November 27, 1934 (aged 25)
Barrington, Illinois, U.S.A.
Status Deceased
Occupation gangster, bank robber
Spouse Helen Gillis

Lester Joseph Gillis (December 6, 1908November 27, 1934) ("George"), was a bank robber in the 1930s better known as Baby Face Nelson due to his youthful appearance and stature, a diminutive (5'3" / 1,63 m tall). Image File history File links Lester M. Gillis, a. ... is the 340th day of the year (341st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1908 (MCMVIII) was a leap year starting on Wednesday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar (or a leap year starting on Tuesday of the 13-day-slower Julian calendar). ... Flag Seal Nickname: The Windy City Motto: Urbs In Horto (Latin: City in a Garden), I Will Location Location in Chicagoland and northern Illinois Coordinates , Government Country State Counties United States Illinois Cook, DuPage Mayor Richard M. Daley (D) Geographical characteristics Area     City 606. ... For other uses of terms redirecting here, see US (disambiguation), USA (disambiguation), and United States (disambiguation) Motto In God We Trust(since 1956) (From Many, One; Latin, traditional) Anthem The Star-Spangled Banner Capital Washington, D.C. Largest city New York City National language English (de facto)1 Demonym American... is the 331st day of the year (332nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1934 (MCMXXXIV) was a common year starting on Monday (link will display full 1934 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Incorporated Village in 1865. ... For other uses of terms redirecting here, see US (disambiguation), USA (disambiguation), and United States (disambiguation) Motto In God We Trust(since 1956) (From Many, One; Latin, traditional) Anthem The Star-Spangled Banner Capital Washington, D.C. Largest city New York City National language English (de facto)1 Demonym American... For other uses, see Gangster (disambiguation). ... Bank robbery is the crime of robbing a bank. ... Image File history File links Question_book-3. ... is the 340th day of the year (341st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1908 (MCMVIII) was a leap year starting on Wednesday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar (or a leap year starting on Tuesday of the 13-day-slower Julian calendar). ... is the 331st day of the year (332nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1934 (MCMXXXIV) was a common year starting on Monday (link will display full 1934 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... It has been suggested that Safecatch be merged into this article or section. ...


Born in Chicago, Illinois, Lester Gillis began his criminal career stealing cars and spending time with future members of the gang of Roger "Terrible" Touhy. Nelson also worked for a time as an enforcer for Chicago gangster Al Capone, he also fought with Capone's ally and outfit member Anthony Accardo, and received broken bones for his troubles - he was let go due to being "too violent" for Capone to control. Nelson came to greater prominence in 1934, when he joined the Dillinger gang. In contrast to the dashing John Dillinger, Nelson is the antithesis of popular, Robin Hood-like gangsters of the Depression era. Having a psychopathic bent, Nelson did not hesitate to kill lawmen and innocent bystanders. Paradoxically, though, Nelson was a devoted husband and father who often had his wife, Helen Gillis, and children with him while running from the law. Flag Seal Nickname: The Windy City Motto: Urbs In Horto (Latin: City in a Garden), I Will Location Location in Chicagoland and northern Illinois Coordinates , Government Country State Counties United States Illinois Cook, DuPage Mayor Richard M. Daley (D) Geographical characteristics Area     City 606. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... “Capone” redirects here. ... Tony Accardo, born Anthony Joseph Accardo, (April 28, 1906 - May 22, 1992) was the boss of the Chicago Outfit from about 1945 until shortly before he died of natural causes. ... John Dillinger (June 22, 1903 – July 22, 1934) was an American bank robber, considered by some to be a dangerous criminal, while others idealized him as a latter-day Robin Hood. ... For other uses, see Robin Hood (disambiguation). ... The Great Depression was a global economic slump that began in 1929 and bottomed in 1933. ... This article is about psychological theories of psychopathy. ...


After John Dillinger's death in July 1934, Nelson became Public Enemy Number One. Nelson was said to have boasted of robbing one bank a day for a month, in order to outdo Dillinger. That never occurred. Public Enemy is a term which was first widely used in the United States in the 1930s to describe individuals whose activities were seen as criminal and extremely damaging to society. ...


The Battle of Barrington

The running machine gun battle between FBI agents and Nelson took place on November 27, 1934 outside of Chicago, in the town of Barrington resulting in the deaths of Agent Herman Hollis and Inspector Samuel P. Cowley. F.B.I. and FBI redirect here. ... is the 331st day of the year (332nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1934 (MCMXXXIV) was a common year starting on Monday (link will display full 1934 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Incorporated Village in 1865. ...


It started when Nelson, Helen Gillis, and John Paul Chase were driving down a road and saw a police car driving the opposite direction. Nelson hated police and federal agents and used a list of license plates he had compiled to actively hunt them at every opportunity. He apparently recognized the car and decided to chase them. Once they both stopped, the shootout started. Nelson's wife and Chase used their car for cover. Nelson, however, simply walked towards the agents, reportedly shouting, "I'm gonna kill you sons of bitches!". After the fight was over, Nelson nearly collapsed on the ground from his wounds. He'd been shot 17 times. Gillis and Chase helped Nelson into the car of the two FBI agents, and with Nelson giving directions, Chase drove away from the scene.


The next morning, another team of FBI agents was dispatched to the scene to investigate the situation. The bodies of the two now dead agents were found from the day before's skirmish. The new team scouted the area for any possible signs of Nelson. After quite a time of searching, a body was discovered in a ditch with a blanket over it. It was in fact Nelson. His wife later stated that he'd died of his wounds at exactly 8 p.m. She'd placed the blanket around his body because, as she said, "Lester Always hated to be cold..."


Gillis/Nelson is buried at Saint Joseph Cemetery in River Grove, Illinois. Besides the aforementioned agents he was also responsible for the murder of Special Agent W. Carter Baum during the Little Bohemia shoot-out. River Grove is a village located in Cook County, Illinois. ... Little Bohemia is a general name for an ethnic enclave populated primarily by Bohemians or people of Bohemian ancestry, usually in an urban neighborhood. ...


In popular culture

Nelson has been the subject of multiple films, a 1957 film, Baby Face Nelson, starring Mickey Rooney and a 1995 film of the same name starring C. Thomas Howell. He was portrayed by Richard Dreyfuss in the 1973 film Dillinger. In the 2000 film O Brother, Where Art Thou?, Michael Badalucco portrayed George Nelson, a manic-depressive, depression-era bank robber, who was similar in appearance and demeanor to Baby Face Nelson, but despised being called by that name. He will be portrayed by British actor Stephen Graham in the upcoming film Public Enemies. Actor Mickey Rooney speaks at the Pentagon in 2000 during a ceremony honoring the USO. Mickey Rooney (born Joseph Yule, Jr. ... Christopher Thomas Howell (born December 7, 1966 in Los Angeles, California, USA) is an American actor. ... Richard Stephen Dreyfuss (born October 29, 1947) is an Academy Award-winning American actor. ... Dillinger is a 1973 gangster film which shows evidence of being strongly influenced by the films of Sam Peckinpah, as well as borrowing cinematically from the Warren Beatty vehicle, Bonnie and Clyde. ... For the film soundtrack, see O Brother, Where Art Thou? (soundtrack). ... Michael Badalucco (born December 20, 1954 in Flatbush, Brooklyn, New York) is an American actor most famous for his role as lawyer Jimmy Berluti on the ABC legal drama The Practice. ...

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External links

  • FBI famous cases (public domain text)
  • Crime Library biography
  • Grave location for George Nelson

  Results from FactBites:
 
Baby Face Nelson - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (439 words)
In contrast to the dashing John Dillinger, Nelson is the antithesis of popular, Robin Hood-like gangsters of the Depression era.
Nelson succumbed from his wounds at approximately 8pm that evening and was unceremoniously dumped near a Niles, Illinois cemetery.
Nelson is buried at Saint Joseph Cemetery in River Grove, Illinois.
Baby Face Nelson (1135 words)
"Baby Face" Nelson was born Lester M. Gillis on December 6, 1908, in Chicago, Illinois.
Nelson was sentenced to a prison term of one year to life for his January, 1931, bank robbery in Chicago, Illinois.
Nelson was joined by his wife and remained in California until May, 1933.
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