Lester Gillis (1908 - 1934)

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Death: Died
Occupation: Gangster
Managed by: Ric Dickinson
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About Lester Gillis

Wikipedia Biographical Summary:

"...Lester Joseph Gillis (December 6, 1908[1] – November 27, 1934), 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. Usually referred to by criminal associates as "Jimmy", Nelson partnered with John Dillinger, helping him escape from prison in the famed "wooden pistol" escape, and was later labeled along with the remaining gang members as public enemy number one..."

"...Nelson is responsible for the murder of several people, and has the dubious distinction of having killed more FBI agents in the line of duty than any other single American citizen.."

"...George "Baby Face" Nelson was born Lester J Gillis in Chicago's Near West Side in 1908. His mother, Marie Douget, was born to a middle-class family of Belgian farmers and emigrated to the United States in 1889. Douget had known Nelson's father, Joseph Gillis, a tanner, in Belgium, although he had emigrated to the United States several years earlier. Joseph Gillis committed suicide on Christmas Eve, 1924, when his son Lester was 16, and already in reform school..."

SOURCE: Wikipedia contributors, 'Baby Face Nelson', Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia, 2 April 2011, 12:25 UTC, <http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Baby_Face_Nelson&oldid=421969480> [accessed 10 April 2011]

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