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 Melvin Horace Purvis, Jr

Melvin Horace Purvis, Jr

Birth
Timmonsville, Florence County, South Carolina, USA
Death 29 Feb 1960 (aged 56)
Florence, Florence County, South Carolina, USA
Burial Florence, Florence County, South Carolina, USA
Memorial ID 11298 · View Source
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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".



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  • Added: 29 Jul 2000
  • Find A Grave Memorial 11298
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Melvin Horace Purvis, Jr (24 Oct 1903–29 Feb 1960), Find A Grave Memorial no. 11298, citing Mount Hope Cemetery, Florence, Florence County, South Carolina, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .