Charles 'Pretty Boy' Floyd: The Depression-Era Robin Hood

By Karen Harris
Mugshot of gangster Charles "Pretty Boy" Floyd.

One of the most colorful Depression-era criminals was the cherub-faced, Robin Hood–esque Charles "Pretty Boy" Floyd. Floyd's love for his machine gun and habit of robbing banks made him public enemy number one, but his fondness for destroying mortgages made him an outlaw hero of the 1930s. Here is the story of "Pretty Boy" Floyd, the "Robin Hood of the Cookson Hills."