Talk:Melvin Purvis

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The Bureau of Investigation as a section of the Justice Department was first authorized and funded by Congress on March 5, 1909 within day after Theodore Roosevelt left office as he was against a separate unit other than the Secret Service. Therefore,the FBI was well along in 1927 when Purvis joined the FBI.66.220.248.63 (talk) 13:38, 31 May 2009 (UTC)

How could he have joined the FBI in 1927 when the FBI did not exist until 1935? —Preceding unsigned comment added by 75.15.161.217 (talk) 01:23, 19 June 2008 (UTC)

The FBI did exist in 1927, in fact last year, 1998,the FBI celebrated its centenary (1908-2008). http://www.fbi.gov/fbihistory.htm —Preceding unsigned comment added by 124.180.214.228 (talk) 05:03, 10 August 2009 (UTC)

It's a real shame that this article stub doesn't cite its references; or mention the fact that Purvis was a habitual drunk driver who committed vehicular homicide DUI while serving as Chief of Police (if I remember correctly) in Ohio. Does anyone have the details and references for this?

No, you don't remember correctly. Eliot Ness caused a vehicular accident under the influence of alcohol while serving as Director of Public Safety in Cleveland, Ohio, in 1942. And he was not a heavy drinker. He was a nice guy and a good lawman.


"some dispute this since Dillinger did not have a gun and was shot six times in the back as he ran"? Reference and reason why this is only *some*?


we need a photo for Melvin Purvis. i mean heck they have a photo for Dillinger on his Wiki page and the guy who helped hunt him down doesnt? there's a good photo of Purvis from this site: http://www.dillingermuseum.com/purvis.html Steelsheen (talk) 14:19, 2 January 2009 (UTC) Steelsheen


Needs references[edit]

I have moved these here until they are referenced. I can't find yet in a book or newspaper article. --Richard Arthur Norton (1958- ) (talk) 21:56, 20 April 2008 (UTC)

  • "He served until 1935 and captured more public enemies than any other agent in FBI history, a record that still stands. In 1934, this young FBI agent was named as one of the most admired men in the United States."
  • Note to self: MYSTERIOUS SHOOTING PERPLEXES COLLECTOR UNFLAPPABLE G-MAN WAS A...

$2.95 - The State - NewsBank - Jan 21, 1999 Ross Beard doesn't own the gun that Melvin Purvis used to put an end to the ... the gun that helped make Purvis one of the most admired men in the world ...


It would appear that Melvin PURVIS had a rather tragic life.. I notice that two of his sons died very young. Does anyone know why this is the case??? Beekayjay 12:17, 10 December 2009 (UTC) —Preceding unsigned comment added by Beekayjay (talkcontribs)