Melvin Purvis Born Melvin Horace Purvis, Jr. October 24, 1903 Timmonsville, South Carolina Died February 29, 1960 (aged 56) Florence, South Carolina Cause of death Self-inflicted gunshot (possibly accidental) Nationality American Education University of South Carolina School of Law Employer FBI Known for Leading the investigation on the John Dillinger case
Famous US Federal law agent/FBI agent Melvin Purvis was born today 10-24 in 1903. He's noted for leading many of the manhunts for 30s outlaws like Baby Face Nelson and Pretty Boy Floyd as well as John Dillinger. He passed in 1960.
Clyde Tolson and Hoover publicly congratulate Melvin Purvis, the FBI's most successful agent. In private Hoover was hugely jealous of the attention Purvis received from the press, and forced him out of the agency as a result. Purvis eventually killed himself.