Thursday, August 18, 2011

Friday, August 18, 1933

Went up to Mrs. S's birthday party. Had chicken, slaw, beans, ice cream, cake, etc. Stayed all night at Rita Mae's.

Lester Joseph Gillis
AKA: George Nelson, "Baby Face" Nelson, "Jimmy" Nelson
December 6, 1908 – November 27, 1934
American bank robber and gangster

On August 18, 1933, Nelson committed his first major bank robbery in Grand Haven,
Michigan. It was almost his last bank robbery, too. After holding up the Peoples Savings
Bank, the car carrying Nelson and his crew crashed into a tree after a tire went flat. The
robbers abandoned their car and then held up three boys in a smaller car and drove away
in it. On the floor of the wrecked car, police found a check drawn on the Peoples Savings
Bank of Grand Haven. Police searched for the bank robbers to no avail.

After being dubbed a "public enemy" by J. Edgar Hoover and spending time on the
"most wanted" list, Nelson was killed in a running gun battle with F.B.I. agents. 

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