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 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". A violent bank robber, Lester Joseph Gillis killed more agents of the FBI than has any other criminal. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Baby Face Nelson has received more than 3,800,335 page views. His biography is available in 15 different languages on Wikipedia. Baby Face Nelson is the 108th most popular extremist (down from 104th in 2019), the 2,798th most popular biography from United States and the 37th most popular American Extremist.

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Among extremists, Baby Face Nelson ranks 108 out of 205Before him are Belle Gunness, Aldrich Ames, Mary Bell, Marcus Fulvius Flaccus, Leon Czolgosz, and Alexandros Koryzis. After him are Omar Abdel-Rahman, Aslan Usoyan, Joseph Bonanno, Wadie Haddad, Joseph Valachi, and John Adams.

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Among people born in 1908, Baby Face Nelson ranks 111Before him are Lionel Hampton, Carlo Abarth, Arturo Frondizi, Victor Weisskopf, Teizo Takeuchi, and Robert Rossen. After him are Harold Holt, Lupe Vélez, Jacques Massu, Afet İnan, Edgar Faure, and John Tuzo Wilson. Among people deceased in 1934, Baby Face Nelson ranks 68Before him are Karl Ernst, James Mark Baldwin, Oskar von Hutier, Infante Gonzalo of Spain, Paul Ulrich Villard, and Ferdinand von Bredow. After him are Carlos Chagas, Erich Mühsam, Thorleif Haug, Friedrich Ferdinand, Duke of Schleswig-Holstein, Herbert Chapman, and Charley Patton.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Baby Face Nelson ranks 2,798 out of 15,968Before him are Fritz Leiber (1910), John de Lancie (1948), Horace Wells (1815), Robert Rossen (1908), Irving Thalberg (1899), and Robert Sean Leonard (1969). After him are Derrick Rose (1988), Mangas Coloradas (1792), George William Hill (1838), Mary Wickes (1910), Lyman Spitzer (1914), and Cameron Mitchell (1918).

Among EXTREMISTS In United States

Among extremists born in United States, Baby Face Nelson ranks 37Before him are Robert Hansen (1939), Gary Ridgway (1949), Charles Whitman (1941), Andrew Cunanan (1969), Aldrich Ames (1941), and Leon Czolgosz (1873). After him are Joseph Valachi (1904), Sam Giancana (1908), David Berkowitz (1953), Jerry Brudos (1939), Baruch Goldstein (1956), and Robert Stroud (1890).