Life and Death of Pretty Boy Floyd (Google eBook)

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Kent State University Press, Jul 1, 1999 - Biography & Autobiography - 272 pages
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Charles Arthur Floyd, aka Pretty Boy Floyd (1904-1934) was one of the last of the so-called Robin Hood outlaws. He engaged in numerous bank-robbing exploits across the Midwest until federal agents and local police shot him down near East Liverpool, Ohio, on October 22, 1934. This detailed account of his life, crimes, and death makes extensive use of FBI reports, government records, local newspapers, and contemporary journalistic accounts.

In this biography, Jeffery S. King addresses many of the questions still surrounding Floyd, such as whether he had contact with other notorious outlaws of the period, including Dillinger, Alvin Karpis, and Bonnie and Clyde, and whether he was executed by the FBI. He also links Floyd to the infamous Kansas City Massacre. Notable are King's assessments of the effectiveness of the FBI and of J. Edgar Hoover's talent for self-promotion.

  

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User Review  - Cary Lackey - Goodreads

A fairly quick read on the short life and death of one of the last of the 30s era gangsters, Charles Arthur "Pretty Boy" Floyd. The book is very straightforward and well referenced. Would recommend. Read full review

Contents

A Cornbread Living
9
They Just Wouldnt Let He Alone After I Got Out
25
Billy the Killer Miller
39
The Phantom of the Ozarks
51
All I Know Is Youll Never Catch Him
71
The Luckiest Bandit That Ever Lived
81
The Pretty Boy Floyd
95
Machine Gun Challenge to the Nation
111
We Are Going to Kill Him If We Catch Him
137
On the Lam
155
Death Hunt
165
Ton Got MeThis Time
179
Epilogue
199
Notes
211
Select Bibliography
231
Index
235

The War Against Crime
123

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Page 23 - was sure Floyd was stealing potatoes every time he came after ice, I couldn't catch him at it. I tried to be out in the hall when he came, but he was smart and came at a different time every day. Finally

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