Bonnie & Clyde
Bonnie & Clyde
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
Now Bonnie and Clyde are the Barrow gang,
There’s lots of untruths to those write-ups
They call them cold-blooded killers
But the laws fooled around and taking him down
The road was so dimly lighted
The road gets dimmer and dimmer
From heartbreak some people have suffered
If a policeman is killed in Dallas
There’s two crimes committed in America
A newsboy once said to his buddy
"The police haven’t got the report yet
From Irving to West Dallas viaduct
If they try to act like citizens
They don’t think they’re tough or desperate
Someday they’ll go down together
Written by Bonnie Parker
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