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Melvin Horace Purvis, Jr
Birth: Oct. 24, 1903
Death: Feb. 29, 1960

Former FBI agent. In 1933 he became famous for leading the group that gunned down John Dillinger in Chicago. In 1934 he made headlines again by leading the group that gunned down Pretty Boy Floyd in an Ohio farm field. J. Edgar Hoover did not like FBI agents to receive so much fame and he eventually drove Purvis out of the agency and put up roadblocks as Purvis sought other employment. Purvis' death remains a mystery. He was found dead at the top of a staircase in his home with a bullet through his head. It was ruled a suicide, but many facts would suggest otherwise. His epitaph reads "Saepe Timui Sed Numquam Curri/ Always Afraid, Never Run". 
 
Burial:
Mount Hope Cemetery
Florence
Florence County
South Carolina, USA
 
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Record added: Jul 29, 2000
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RIP
- AngelSeeker
 Added: Aug. 25, 2014

- John Maxwell
 Added: Mar. 25, 2014
Your fame lives on....Thomasville P.D. NC / Retired Major
- James Mills
 Added: Jan. 5, 2014
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