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  • 1. Crime in the 1930s Bryson Downs P.3 Mckillip
  • 2. Al Capone
    • Italian-American gangster who led a crime organization that smuggled alcohol during the Prohibition time in the 1920s and 1930s
    • Al Capone was born in Brooklyn to Southwestern Italians in 1899
    • Crime organization’s name was the Chicago Outfit, yet business card said he was a used furniture dealer
    • End of 1920s, FBI put Capone on the Chicago Crime Commission’s public enemies list
    • Eventually brought down by government charges for income-tax evasion
  • 3. Charles Arthur Floyd “Pretty Boy Floyd”
    • Bank robber and alleged killer
    • First robbery when he was 18, he stole $3.50 from a post office…in pennies
    • Worked with the Kansas City crime underworld
    • During which he was nicknamed “Pretty Boy,” which he hated
    • 10 known crimes commited
    • June 17, 1933 in Kansas City, Floyd, Vernon Miller, and Adam Richetti tried to rescue Miller’s friend Frank “Jelly” Nash from a prison
    • Killed two detectives, Oklahoma City police chief, and FBI Special Agent…and accidentally Frank “Jelly” Nash
  • 4. Bonnie Parker and Clyde Champion Barrow
    • Bonnie and Clyde met in Texas
    • Clyde was unmarried and Bonnie was married to an imprisoned murderer
    • Bonnie helped Clyde escape from prison many times by smuggling guns to him
    • They were gunned down by officers in 1934 and were believed to have committed 13 murders and many robberies
    • They traveled the country killing and kidnapping, murdering, and robbing people
    • (Bonnie left, Clyde right)
  • 5. John Dillinger
    • People loved the criminals of the 1930s because of the depression
    • John Dillinger escaped an “escape-proof” jail, stole a sheriff’s car and drove across the state line
    • John Edgar Hoover, director of the FBI at the time, set up a special operation to capture Dillinger
    • For over a month, Dillinger out thought the FBI and evaded every trap set for him
    • Years after this he had plastic surgery done on his face, but FBI agents found him and shot him outside of a movie theater
  • 6. John Edgar Hoover
    • Born in Washington, D.C., on January 1, 1895
    • Entered the line of work with the Department of Justice who was promoted very quickly
    • Led the General Intelligence Division which later moved into the Bureau of Investigation (BOI)
    • On May 10, 1924, Attorney General Harlan Fiske Stone promoted John Hoover to Acting director of the BOI; later that year he was the actual Director
    • He organized countless traps to capture the public enemies and crime lords of the 1930s and 1940s
  • 7. “Baby Face” Nelson
    • Called Baby Face because of his young face
    • His first few crimes were stealing cars and spending a lot of time with soon to be members of gangs
    • He was sent to a penal school because he was arrested at the age of 13
    • He robbed many people and eventually got captured, but he was too strong for his guard while being transported and broke free
    • With the help of Eddie Bentz, he robbed a bank in Grand Haven, Michigan for the first time
    • He later joined the Dillinger gang and eventually became Public Enemy Number One
    • He died after a car crash trying to get away from the cops
  • 8. Eddie Bentz
    • Partners of Machine Gun Kelly and Baby Face Nelson
    • John Hoover wrote about him and stated, “the shrewdest, most resourceful, intelligent and dangerous bank robber in existence.”
    • Stole his friends’ bikes, cigarettes, and scrap metal as a boy
    • Married an 18 year old woman named Verna Freemark
    • Was paid by robbers for his planning and cunning
    • After years and years of robbing banks, he died at the age of 85 of a heart failure
  • 9. George “Machine Gun” Kelly
    • Born into a wealthy family in Memphis, Tennessee
    • Highest grade in Mississippi State University was a C+ for good physical hygiene
    • Didn’t get money from family because of grades in college
    • Married, had two kids, then divorced
    • He kidnapped a rich Oklahoma City resident Charles F. Urschel
    • Robbed banks with Eddie Bentz
    • His kidnapping trial was the first trial solved by J. Edgar Hoover
    • Sent to life imprisonment at Alcatraz but was moved to Leavenworth Federal Prison where he died of a heart attack on his 59 th birthday
  • 10. Sources
    • Rockwell, Kara. Bootleggers, Mobsters and Outlaws: Crime of the 1920s and 1930s. Central Rappahannock Regional Library. 2 Aug. 2005 <>
    • Al Capone . Wikipedia. Sept. 2007 <>
    • Famous Cases Bonnie and Clyde . FBI files. <>
    • May, Allan. John Dillinger . Outlaws and Thieves. <>
    • Directors, Then and Now . FBI Files. <>
    • Baby Face Nelson . Wikipedia. <>
    • Bentz, Eddie (1894-1979): His Criminal Career . Historylink. <>
    • Machine Gun Kelly . Wikipedia. June 2007. <>