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Baby Face Nelson

1908 - 1934

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Lester Joseph Gillis (December 6, 1908 – November 27, 1934), also known as George Nelson and Baby Face Nelson, was an American bank robber who became a criminal partner of John Dillinger, when he helped Dillinger escape from prison, in Crown Point, Indiana. Later, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) announced that Nelson and the remaining gang of bank robbers were collectively "Public Enemy Number One". The "Baby Face Nelson" nickname derived from Gillis being a short man with a youthful appearance; however, in the professional realm, Gillis's fellow criminals addressed him as "Jimmy". Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Baby Face Nelson has received more than 4,569,935 page views. His biography is available in 15 different languages on Wikipedia. Baby Face Nelson is the 111th most popular extremist (down from 107th in 2019), the 2,404th most popular biography from United States (up from 2,797th in 2019) and the 36th most popular American Extremist.

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Among extremists, Baby Face Nelson ranks 111 out of 209Before him are Dennis Nilsen, Delphine LaLaurie, Horst Mahler, Andrew Cunanan, Jack Unterweger, and Wadie Haddad. After him are Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, Cleveland Torso Murderer, Elisabeth Becker, Aldrich Ames, Peter Sutcliffe, and Rodney Alcala.

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Among people born in 1908, Baby Face Nelson ranks 89Before him are Pablo Dorado, Yousuf Karsh, Fritz Witt, Alain Cuny, Van Heflin, and Koča Popović. After him are Jean Delannoy, Nicholas Kaldor, Aurelio Peccei, Saizo Saito, Harold Holt, and Johanna Budwig. Among people deceased in 1934, Baby Face Nelson ranks 53Before him are Pietro Gasparri, Franz Schreker, Adrien de Gerlache, Prince Sixtus of Bourbon-Parma, Frederick Delius, and Paul Troost. After him are Hermann Bahr, Viktor Kaplan, Hans Hahn, Friedrich Ferdinand, Duke of Schleswig-Holstein, Karl Ernst, and Roberto Ferruzzi.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Baby Face Nelson ranks 2,404 out of 18,182Before him are Stanley Kamel (1943), H. Robert Horvitz (1947), Barbara Hershey (1948), Lindsay Wagner (1949), Leslie White (1900), and Tracy Chapman (1964). After him are Steve Guttenberg (1958), Richard Bull (1924), Richard Pryor (1940), Jasper Johns (1930), Dexter Gordon (1923), and Bob Woodward (1943).

Among EXTREMISTS In United States

Among extremists born in United States, Baby Face Nelson ranks 36Before him are Aileen Wuornos (1956), David Berkowitz (1953), Whitey Bulger (1929), Charles Whitman (1941), Delphine LaLaurie (1787), and Andrew Cunanan (1969). After him are Aldrich Ames (1941), Rodney Alcala (1943), Robert Hansen (1939), Baruch Goldstein (1956), Joseph Valachi (1904), and Sam Giancana (1908).