Arizona Republic, Phoenix, Arizona, Tuesday, March 1, 1960

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Arizona Republic, Phoenix, Arizona, Tuesday, March 1, 1960 - MELVIN PURVIS Puryisi Foe Of Dillinger, Floyd,...
MELVIN PURVIS Puryisi Foe Of Dillinger, Floyd, Dead FLORENCE. S. C. (AP) - Mild- mannered Melvin Purvis, whose'' FBI teams shot down John Dil-i linger and Pretty Rny Floyd inj bloody gangster cleanups of the IfnOs. died by his own hand yesterday. Purvis. 56, who had left the FBI in 1935 to follow careers in law and broadcasting, shot himself with a pistol in his home here. His physician said he had bern depressed and in failing health recently. Coroner William T. Faddy said a self-inflicted shot through the 1 jaw brought death shor'ly before• norm in HIP upstairs hallway of his home. His wife. Mrs. Rosaline Purvjs. ran from the garden \vhenj thr shot rang out and found the body. TWENTY-FIVE years ago. Pur-, vis, a graduate of the law university of South Carolina, headed a picked team of FBI agents as agent-in-charge of the federal bureau's Chicago office. He led teams, and some say fired the fatal shots, that killed Dillinger and Floyd during the notorious gangland era. Purvis was instrumental in capturing Verne Sankey, also a No. 1 public enemy. Sankey. taken in a Chicago barber shop, committed suicide after his capture. It was the Dillinger shooting that brought Purvis national headlines. Dillinger, called "the most brazen outlaw since Jesse James," walked out of a Chicago movie house the night of July 22, Ifl34,| _and into a fusillade of shots from! (G-men when he started to run. DILLINGER, sought across the country for at least 13 murders and bank robberies netting $500,- finn, had had his face altered by plastic surgery. "It was a good job the surgeon did on his face," Purvis said, "But I knew him the minute I saw him." On Oct. 22, 1.I34, Purvis's men: cornered Pretty Boy Floyd. Thc> slick-haired desperado met death] in a cornfield north of East Liverpool, Ohio. IN RECENT years, the slight, graying Purvis divided his time between business and the law. His unmarked offices at the Florence studios of Radio Station WOLS, of which he was president, were crowded with mementoes of his FBI career, which began in 1927. Framed pictures of J. Edgar; Hoover and crime-busting asso-l ciates dotted the walls beside' rifles and other firearms. Purvis, born at nearby Tim- rnonsville, S. C., is survived by his widow and three grown sons. He was an army officer in World War II and investigated evidence against accused German and Japanese war criminals following the surrender. ! I j

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