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Bonnie & Clyde
Dallas, Texas 75201

Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow are two of the most notorious gangsters in American history. They met in a small café in Dallas, Texas were Bonnie worked when Clyde was visiting an old friend who had recently received a broken arm. It was love at first sight for Bonnie and Clyde, which was followed by a cat and mouse game between them and the Law Enforcement Agency some months later.

Clyde had robbed a bank and was caught by the police. He later escaped prison with inmate Ralph Fults, who joined him in his rushed flight to Dallas. In Dallas, Clyde and Ralph picked up Bonnie and left the area. Bonnie and Clyde robbed banks, gas stations, and other small stores during their crime spree.

Not all people saw Bonnie and Clyde as criminals. Some saw them as heroes, robbing the banks that had robbed them out of their homes and money. The police, on the other hand, couldn’t wait until they were either behind bars or dead.

After several months passed by, Clyde’s brother, Buck Barrow, was released from prison by a full pardon from the Governor. He and his wife, Blanche, joined Bonnie and Clyde. The group now consisted of five members, Bonnie, Clyde, Buck, Blanche, and W.D. Jones, who had joined the group earlier on. (Ralph Fults had left Bonnie and Clyde some time before.)

The gang moved on to Platte City, where the current car being used by the group flipped. Bonnie was caught inside and suffered third degree burns. When Blanche bought drugs to treat her wounds, the pharmacist became suspicious and reported the incident to local sheriff, Holt Coffee. He had also received a report from a local motel where the group was sighted after renting two cabins for the night. Coffee lead a group of officers to the motel in an attempt the finish off the Barrows. The police officers opened fire on the cabins, leaving two bullets lodged in Buck Barrow’s head, and spraying glass fragments into Blanche’s eyes, almost blinding her. The gang narrowly escaped.

After leaving Platte City, the gang camped out in an abandoned amusement park in Dexter, Iowa. They were soon spotted by local residents, and again were attacked by police. Bonnie, Clyde, and W.D. Jones escaped on foot when Buck was shot in the back and Blanche was again hit by flying glass. Buck died a short period later in a local hospital. W.D. Jones left Bonnie and Clyde at the park and was later questioned by the police.

W.D. Jones told the police all he knew about Bonnie and Clyde. Sheriff Hinton, who was working on the case, used this information to try to figure out Bonnie and Clyde’s next move.

Bonnie and Clyde continued on their crime spree, but they were not alone. After breaking into a jail, they were accompanied by Ray Hamilton and Henry Methvin. During the jailbreak, a guard was killed. At this incident the Police Agency hired Frank Hamer to hunt down Bonnie and Clyde.

Hamer found the pattern in Bonnie and Clyde’s crime spree. He watched their next crimes closely to see if the pattern still continued, and it did. Henry Mithvin’s father, Iverson Mithvin offered a deal to Hamer, Bonnie and Clyde for a reduced sentence for Henry. Hamer used this. Iverson had a very old beat up truck which always ended up being fixed by Clyde. If Clyde saw the truck stopped on the side of the road, most likely he would stop to investigate the situation.

Bonnie and Clyde were traveling on a barren road near Bienville Parish, Louisiana where, sure enough, they saw Iverson’s truck stopped on the side of the road. They were planning on visiting Iverson; instead they were ambushed by four Texas and two Louisiana officers. They had been hiding in the bushes along the side of the road, and fired 130 rounds of ammunition into their car, killing Clyde instantly. Bonnie, on the other hand did not die as quickly. In the end, Bonnie and Clyde died on May 23, 1934.

Written by Kathrine Franklin

The Story of Bonnie and Clyde

You’ve read the story of Jesse James
Of how he lived and died
If you’re still in need for something to read
Here’s the story of Bonnie and Clyde.

Now Bonnie and Clyde are the Barrow gang,
I’m sure you all have read
how they rob and steal
And those who squeal are usually found dying or dead.

There’s lots of untruths to those write-ups
They’re not so ruthless as that
Their nature is raw, they hate all law
Stool pigeons, spotters, and rats.

They call them cold-blooded killers
They say they are heartless and mean
But I say this with pride, I once knew Clyde
When he was honest and upright and clean.

But the laws fooled around and taking him down
and locking him up in a cell
‘Till he said to me, "I’ll never be free
So I’ll meet a few of them in hell."

The road was so dimly lighted
There were no highway signs to guide
But they made up their minds if all roads were blind
They wouldn’t give up ‘till they died.

The road gets dimmer and dimmer
Sometimes you can hardly see
But it’s fight man to man, and do all you can
For they know they can never be free.

From heartbreak some people have suffered
From weariness some people have died
But all in all, our troubles are small
‘Till we get like Bonnie and Clyde.

If a policeman is killed in Dallas
And they have no clue or guide
If they can’t find a friend, just wipe the slate clean
And hang it on Bonnie and Clyde.

There’s two crimes committed in America
Not accredited to the Barrow Mob
They had no hand in the kidnap demand
Nor the Kansas City Depot job.

A newsboy once said to his buddy
"I wish old Clyde would get jumped
In these hard times we’s get a few dimes
If five or six cops would get bumped."

"The police haven’t got the report yet
But Clyde called me up today
He said, "Don’t start any fights, we aren’t
working nights, we’re joining the NRA."

From Irving to West Dallas viaduct
Is known as the Great Divide
Where the women are kin and men are men
And they won’t stool on Bonnie and Clyde.

If they try to act like citizens
And rent a nice little flat
About the third night they’re invited to fight
By a sub-gun’s rat-tat-tat.

They don’t think they’re tough or desperate
They know the law always wins
They’ve been shot at before, but they do not ignore
That death is the wages of sin.

Someday they’ll go down together
And they’ll bury them side by side
To few it’ll be grief, to the law a relief
But it’s death for Bonnie and Clyde.

Written by Bonnie Parker

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