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Baby Face Nelson (1908–1934)

Lester Joseph Gillis, aka "Baby Face Nelson," began his crime career at an early age in a street gang in the Chicago slums. He was given the nickname "Baby Face" by his gang members because he looked much younger than he actually was (14). His specialties were car theft, bootlegging and armed robbery. He spent several years in prison on auto theft... See full bio »

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 2000 Modern Marvels (TV Series documentary)
Himself - Bank Robber
- Banks (2000) ... Himself - Bank Robber
 1987 Biography (TV Series documentary)

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He was inducted into the criminal world by an old friend named Mike Rocanatto, a professional holdup man, who taught Nelson everything he knew. When Nelson felt he'd learned enough, he double-crossed Rocanatto and walked away with $100,000, leaving Rocanatto for the police. See more »

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