CRIME: Old Creepy

On a late autumn day in 1934 the naked, bullet-riddled body of George ("Baby-Face") Nelson was dumped in a ditch near Chicago after a gun battle in which two agents of the Federal Bureau of Investigation were also killed (TIME, Dec. 10, 1934). Shortly thereafter a surly, uncommunicative underworldling known to his few intimates as "Old Creepy" discovered that, by courtesy of the Press, he had inherited Nelson's title of Public Enemy No. 1. By last week the Bureau of Investigation, which has vainly trailed Public Enemy Alvin Karpis for two years, acknowledged that his nickname was no misnomer...

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