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Lester Joseph Gillis (pseudonym: Baby Face Nelson; born on December 6, 1908 – November 27, 1934) was a bank robber and murderer in the 1930s. He was known due to his youthful appearance and small stature. Usually referred to by criminal associates as "Jimmy", Nelson entered into a partnership with John Dillinger helping him escape prison in the famed Crown Point, Indiana Jail escape, and was later labeled along with the remaining gang members as public enemy number one.

Nelson was 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 person. Nelson was shot by FBI agents and died after a shootout often termed "The Battle of Barrington". He showed no remorse in killing his victims.


  • He was only 5’5 and 129 lbs.
  • He was of English and Welsh descent.
  • He was from Wisconsin.
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