Maylie was a member of the Purple Cross Gang, a group of bank robbers who were identified by purple crosses tattooed on their tongues.  Dick Tracy had been on the gang’s trail ever since he had unwittingly arrested Maylie and began to suspect him as a member of the gang.  After forcing their gang boss to agree to an even loot split, Maylie and the rest of the gang were gunned down by the boss.

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