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Crime Fighter
    (October 24, 1903-February 29, 1960)
    Born in Timmonsville, South Carolina
    F.B.I. agent known as 'The Man Who Got Dillinger'
    G-men with him gunned Dillinger down outside the Biograph Theatre in Chicago after he yelled 'Stick 'em up, Johnny' (July 22, 1934)
    Also hunted down and killed Pretty Boy Floyd (October 22, 1934)
    Died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound ruled a suicide at age 56
    Portrayed by Ben Johnson in the 1973 movie 'Dillinger'
    He was a lawyer before and after his stint with the F.B.I..
    His agents killed one civilian and injured two during a shootout with the Dillinger gang in Wisconsin (April 24, 1934).
    Afterwards he offered his resignation to F.B.I. chief J. Edgar Hoover (who refused).
    He IDed Dillinger for his fellow agents by lighting a cigar, but never fired a shot.
    A seriously wounded Floyd was said to have been killed point blank by him as revenge for a previous murder of an F.B.I. agent.
    Though ruled a suicide, he may have died trying to unjam a bullet from his gun.
    Initially praised by Hoover, he was in the doghouse after Dillinger's downfall for getting too much press coverage.
    He was forced out of the F.B.I. by a jealous Hoover after eight years of loyal service (1927-35).
    Hoover then personally saw to it that no law enforcement agency would hire him.
    He achieved the rank of colonel in the U.S. Army during World War II.
    As of 2007 he has brought down more public enemies than any other agent in F.B.I. history.

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