An Introduction to Bonnie and Clyde’s History

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Bonnie and Clyde
Clyde Barrow and Bonnie Parker burst upon the American Southwest in the Great Depression year of 1932. At the time of Clyde s first involvement with a murder, people paid little attention to the event. He was just another violent hoodlum in a nation with a growing list of brutal criminals, which included Al Capone, John Dillenger, Pretty Boy Floyd, and the Barker Gang. Not until Bonnie and Clyde joined forces did the public become intrigued. The phrase Bonnie and Clyde took on an electrifying and exotic meaning that has abated little in the past sixty years.
Clyde Chestnut Barrow was born on March 24, 1909, into a family of four children. Ironically when the midwife told a local physician of his birth, the physician incorrectly recorded it as baby girl Barrow in the Vital Statistics volume of the Ellis County Courthouse at Waxahachie. Three additional children followed Clyde s birth, and the families financial difficulties worsened as the price for cotton bounced up and down. After some years the Barrow s found it impossible to provide for their children and sent them to live with relatives in east Texas. At one relatives home Clyde developed two interests that remained with him to the end of hid life: a passion for music, and an obsession with guns. Even as Clyde drove along the lane in Louisiana to his death, he carried a saxophone and reams of sheet music, as well as an arsenal of firearms. Clyde loved and named his guns, and regarded them as tokens of his power.
At the age of sixteen, Clyde dropped out of school to work at Proctor and Gamble. Clyde s crime streak started with helping his brother steal a small flock of turkeys and transporting them to Dallas to sell for Christmas money. Dallas officers saw the back seat full of live fowl, and pulled them over arresting them both. His brother claimed full responsibility , and they lat Clyde go since he was so small and innocent looking. Clyde soon mat up with a man named Frank Clause. Clyde soon quit his job at Proctor and gamble and began burglarizing small businesses in Dallas, Lufkin, and Hillsboro, Texas. Although Clyde was introduced into the gang by his brother, he soon became accepted and became the leader. Their crime spree started with stealing a couple of cars and burglarizing a few houses. After a burglary in Denton, all of Clyde s gang was caught, all except for Clyde who took off on foot and hitchhiked back to Dallas.
While Clyde was visiting an injured girlfriend, he was introduced to Bonnie, who was taking care of his injured girlfriend. He fell madly in love with her and never romantically considered another girl again. This day was one to remember, January 5, 1930.
Bonnie was born in the small town of Rowena, Texas. After Bonnie s dad suddenly died, her family went to go live with her grandparents in Cement City. Bonnie married at age sixteen to a boy named Roy Thorton. Roy left Bonnie because of her obsession with her mother, and Clyde soon stepped in to fill the spot. One night while staying at the Parker s home, the police came and arrested Clyde on various counts of burglary. While in jail Clyde suggested that Bonnie retrieve his handgun and bring it to him so he could escape. Bonnie followed through and brought the gun, hidden in her bosom, to Clyde in jail. Clyde and others escaped, running from the jailer. Bonnie returned home awaiting a call from Clyde. After being put in jail again, Clyde lied about his age to get off easy. Bonnie, and Mrs. Barrow supported his lie. Clyde was given a fourteen year term, and bonnie was devastated. The thought of being separated from Clyde for fourteen years devastated her. Clyde, wanting to be with Bonnie, begged another criminal to cut of two of his toes with an axe so he could be moved to a hospital. While in the hospital Clyde received parole, and returned home.
After Clyde returned home he got a job, then once again quit, returning to a life of crime. He joined with his accomplices and went on robbing. One night a robbery turned wrong. As they were robbing the place, a gun went off in the pocket of one of Clyde s accomplices and ricocheted off the safe and hit the store owner, who had not yet realized he was being robbed. It hit him in the heart, killing him instantly. Clyde realized that if he was even caught just being here, he would be put away and executed. So he ran from the police. After this crime Clyde met up with Bonnie and they began their reign of terror.
It all started with a man named Howard Hall, a meat clerk in Sherman, Texas. Clyde was upset at Howard s resist earlier so Clyde punched the clerk. After the man tried to block the punch, Clyde s temper boiled and he opened fire on the man.
Another killing occurred in the mist of stealing a car. Bonnie and Clyde were getting away after unsuccessfully trying to steal a car, and an accomplice of theirs became started and fired his gun, shooting a man in the neck.
In Tarant county Clyde had a shootout with deputy s at a house, killing one. Another meeting with the law in Joplin, didn t turn out so well. The scene they left was disastrous. Two lawmen had died and many more were injured. The sting of deaths continued. Akota, Oklahoma a sheriff was seriously wounded, and his deputy was killed. In Crockette, Texas, a prison guard was killed while trying to escape. And in Miami, Oklahoma, yet another police officer was killed.
Bonnie and Clyde would not give up until they were killed. One night as the couple approached Arcadia, Louisiana the sheriff s from all surrounding towns had set up an ambush at the top of a hill from where the whole town could be seen. It was May 23, 1934 that Bonnie and Clyde drove to their deaths. The sheriff s waited for Bonnie and Clyde all night. As they saw headlights come up the hill they spotted that it was Bonnie and Clyde s car. As Bonnie and Clyde came up the hill they noticed the lawman with their rifles out. Clyde stopped the car and the lawman began shooting. They had no time to react. Bullets showered the car leaving Bonnie and Clyde dead.
Bonnie and Clyde will live on in legacy, with their story, some say, that relates to Robin Hood. They were said to have robbed from the rich to give to the poor, in this case themselves. Some wonder if the way Bonnie and Clyde died was fair. Well the lawman sure seemed to think so.

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