But how he meet his end 80 years ago has always been called into question. Many believe he was out right executed like Bonnie and Clyde were by the FBI Agents. G Men as they where called by some that day in a farmers field in Wellsville near E. Liverpool Ohio.
I became interested in his story many years back when my Brother in Law got married and they held the reception at an old bed & breakfast on the same road up to where Pretty Boy meet his end.
Seems this place was also a funeral home at one time and where they laid out Pretty Boy after they prepared his bullet ridden body.
He may have been called Pretty Boy Floyd but he sure was not leaving a trail of blood and body's of law enforcement and innocent citizens across the Midwest as he robbed banks.
Unlike Bonnie & Clyde who where first seen as Anti heroes taking on the big bad banks this guy was a straight out killer.His gang killing 4 law enforcement officers in what became known as the Kansas City Massacre. in 1934
After having committed this horrible crime the gang fled into Ohio where there car slid into a tree needing the car fixed and afraid they would be spotted Floyd and his male accomplice stayed behind as their gun molls went into town to get a tow truck and have the car repaired and as they waited along the road and lay in the grass a local farmer thought it strange and notified police who upon meeting the 2 gangsters they took off into the fields the accomplice was caught that day but Floyd eluded police till the next day when he was spotted by police near a field and thats where things get muddy ,
3 different story's have emerged. a local retired cop got the first shot, the FBI got him first and where their by themselves or locals and FBI did him in. there is also a dispute as to if Pretty boy was just wounded by locals was ready to go into custody and FBI executed him .
Either way he was very dead but I can see the FBI trying to take all the credit and I do not buy their story. I believe the true credit goes to locals getting him first and as far as him being executed yes I see it happening because thats whats happened to Bonnie& Clyde and John Dillinger and probably what lead to Melvin Purvis the FBI lead agent to kill him self couple years after he gunned down John Dillinger.
When you think of the 18 months of Rampage as it has become known around the Mid west when Bonnie & Clyde , Pretty Boy Floyd, John Dillinger and Machine Gun Kelly where running around the Midwest you would never think any of them ever even got close to Western Pa. but they did. in the case of Pretty Boy Floyd as a means to keep police at bay and a chance to cool their heels .