FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover shakes the hand of Agent Melvin Purvis after the squad of FBI Agents he led gunned down John Dillinger, July 23, 1934.
Public Enemy #1, John Dillinger, was shot and killed by a squad of FBI agents outside the Biograph Movie Theater in downtown Chicago on the evening of July, 22, 1934. The squad, led by Agent Purvis, had been tipped off that Dillinger was in the movie audience and waited outside for him to exit the theater.
Agent Purvis resigned from the FBI a year after this picture was taken. Some allege that he was forced to leave the agency under pressure from a jealous J. Edgar Hoover. Purvis practiced law and became the leader of the Junior G-Man Club sponsored by Post Toasties. He died by his own hand either willfully or by accident on February 29, 1960 when he shot himself with the pistol that had been presented to him upon his retirement from the FBI.
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