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
Dead body of Charles 'Pretty Boy' Floyd (1904-1934) on a gurney with police officers Robert Pyle and George Curran, and undertaker Frank Dawson standing nearby. He was shot dead by Melvin Purvis and other FBI agents. Channing Tatum played 'Pretty Boy' Floyd in the 2009 film, 'Public Enemies'.
FBI agent Melvin Purvis and his men gunned down John Dillinger, Public Enemy No. 1, in 1934. Some say J. Edgar Hoover resented the publicity Purvis received. Less than a year later, Purvis was out of the FBI.