“Bonnie and Clyde”

Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow

 

Bonnie Parker (October 1, 1910May 23, 1934) and Clyde Barrow (March 24, 1909May 23, 1934) were notorious outlaws, robbers and criminals who travelled the Central United States during the Great Depression. Their exploits were known nationwide. They captivated the attention of the American press and its readership during what is sometimes referred to as the "public enemy era" between 1931 and 1935. Although this couple and their gang were notorious for their bank robberies, Clyde Barrow preferred to rob small stores or gas stations.

Between 1932 and 1934, there were several incidents in which the Barrow Gang kidnapped lawmen or robbery victims, usually releasing them far from home, sometimes with money to help them get back.

Despite the glamorous image often associated with the Barrow Gang, they were desperate and discontent.  Life on the run, even with thousands of dollars from a bank robbery, meant sleeping in a bed was a luxury for a member of the Barrow Gang. Sleeping peacefully was nearly impossible.

After several close calls with law enforcement, including incarceration and escape, Bonnie and Clyde were killed May 23, 1934, on a desolate road near their Bienville Parish, Louisiana hideout. They were shot by a posse of four Texas and two Louisiana officers.