The Daily Republic, Mitchell, South Dakota, Tuesday, March 1, 1960
Last Rites Are Set In SC For Melvin Purvis FLORENCE, S.C. (AP) — Funeral Funeral services will be held Wednesday for Melvin Purvis, the 'amous FBI manhunter who died )y his own hand. The 56-year-old former FBI agent, depressed and in ill health, shot himself Monday at his home. Following services at St. John's Episcopal church, he will be buried in Mount Hope Cemetery Purvis, who weighed only 121 pounds and stood 5-foot-7, gained national fame when he led a team of FBI agents that shot down John Dillinger and Pretty Boy Floyd during the 1930s. He, later left the service, returned to law practice and. at his death, owned Florence radio station WOLS. Purvis had been In Washington ;hree weeks ago, his office said ;o prepare recommendations for the improvement of federal justice administration for the U.S. Senate Senate Judiciary Committee. A family family physician said that while there. Purvis had an attack of flu and suffered an arm injury. The physician physician also said Purvis had been depressed recently. Coroner William T. Eaddy said Purvis died of a self-inflicted shot through the jaw. His wife, Rosanne Purvis, was in the garden garden when she heard a shot, ran into the house and found the body.