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George 'Baby Face' Nelson
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    (December 6, 1908-November 27, 1934)
    Birth name was Lester M. Gillis
    Given the nickname from the 1920's song 'Baby Face'
    Murdered 3 federal agents and an unknown number of citizens
    As an adult, he stood just five feet, four inches high and weighted 133 pounds.
    He was a hot tempered, homicidal, psychotic sociopath.
    He chain smoked.
    It was said that 'where outlaws such as Pretty Boy Floyd and the Barkers would kill to protect themselves when cornered, he went out of his way to murder – he loved it.'
    He worked for Al Capone and other bootleg bosses between 1929-31, but was dismissed because he was too violent even for them.
    He once ran a light and dented the bumper of another car. When the driver got out to inspect the damage, he told Baby Face to be more careful next time. Baby Face shot him between the eyes.
    Though he pulled a few bank jobs with John Dillinger he was jealous of him getting more attention and media coverage. He was outraged when the F.B.I. made Dillinger its first 'Public Enemy #1' and put a $20,000 bounty on his head to only $10,000 for him.
    Two F.B.I. agents shot his car, disabling it. Instead of surrendering, he told a partner during an ensuing gun battle 'I've had enough of this cat-and-mouse! I'm going down there and kill them!'
    While bullets ripped him to pieces, he still managed to fill the agents full of led, killing them both.
    He grew up in poor surroundings in the Chicago stockyard district.
    He was picked on mercilessly due to his diminutive size and developed a 'Napoleonic complex.'
    He adopted the alias 'George Nelson' from a prize-fighter he admired.
    While he and his wife resided in the posh, celebrity-status Hotel St. Francis (St. Paul, MN), they hobnobbed with such stars as Jack Benny, Clark Gable, Charlie Chaplin, George Burns and Gracie Allen.
    There was dispute after Dillinger's death who the new 'Public Enemy #1' was, him or Pretty Boy Floyd. Even so, the Bureau considered him little more than a punk and refused to raise the bounty on him.
    After Floyd's death in October 1934, he became public enemy #1 for all of five weeks until 17 bullet holes ended his life (November 27, 1934).

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