Baby Face Nelson

Baby Face Nelson

Bank Robber
Born Dec 6, 1908

Lester Joseph Gillis, known under the pseudonym George Nelson, was a bank robber and murderer in the 1930s. Gillis was known as Baby Face Nelson, a name given to him due to his youthful appearance and small stature.

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Learn about the memorable moments in the evolution of Baby Face Nelson.


1908 Birth Born on December 6, 1908.
1916 7 Years Old On July 4, 1916, at the age of twelve, Nelson was arrested after accidentally shooting a playmate in the jaw with a pistol he had found. … Read More


1928 19 Years Old Nelson became gang-affiliated during his mid-teens and immediately became the leader of the gang. In 1928, Nelson met and married Helen Wawzynak. … Read More


1930 21 Years Old 1 More Event
On April 21, 1930, Nelson robbed his first bank, making off with approximately $4,000. … Read More
1931 22 Years Old Throughout the winter of 1931, most of the Tape Bandits were rounded up, including Nelson. … Read More
1932 23 Years Old During February 1932, Nelson escaped during a prison transfer. … Read More
1933 24 Years Old 1 More Event
He committed a major bank robbery in Grand Haven, Michigan, August 18, 1933, his first in the area. … Read More
On March 3, 1934, John Dillinger made his famous "wooden pistol" escape from the jail in Crown Point, Indiana. … Read More
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