Bonnie And Clyde


Bonnie and Clyde started out Bonnie Elizabeth Parker and Clyde Chestnut Barrow. Bonnie married Roy Thornton at 16. He was sentenced to 5 years in prison for robbery. They remained married. Bonnie and Clyde met in 1930 through a mutual friend. Clyde was imprisoned for previous crimes shortly after they met. Clyde did not stay in jail. However, he was re-arrested a few weeks later and began serving a 14-year prison sentence in Eastham Prison Farm outside of Weldon, Texas. Clyde was released from prison February 2, 1932 after he asked a fellow prisoner to chop off his toes in an effort to be released.

Clyde went back to the life of crime. Bonnie joined him. The two were guilty, after 2-3- year crime spree, of multiple murders robberies, thefts, auto thefts, bank robberies and more. The two committed the crimes with the Barrow Gang. The members of the gang were R. Hamilton, W. Jones, B. Barrow, Blanche Barrow, and H. Methvin.

Most of the crimes Bonnie and Clyde committed occurred in the Central Southern United States such as Texas and New Mexico. Their families stayed in Dallas Texas.

Clyde was a wild driver and was able to evade the police on many occasions until the last. The gang lived out of the cars they stole most times, however they did rent an apartment in Joplin, Missouri at one time. The police were able to hunt them down and a shoot-out occurred at the apartment but the gang managed to get away. They had taken the life of one policeman and wounded another. The police found much evidence of their goings about in the apartment, which led them to trace the gang until they were finally apprehended. They left pictures and poems and much memorabilia. The police found a prescription bottle in one of the cars, which belonged to Clyde’s aunt. All of this evidence led to the eventual apprehension of the gang.

At one point Clyde drove over a cliff off a bridge, which he did not realize, had been closed. Bonnie was injured in the accident. Because the gang was on the run from the police, they felt that they could not go in for medical care. Neighbors helped get Bonnie out of the car. She was burned in the accident and had a leg injury.

The gang escaped from the apartment and managed to drive through Louisiana. The police set up an ambush based on the information they gathered from the evidence in the apartment.

Bonnie and Clyde were taken down along Hwy 154 in Louisiana during that ambush. Over 130 bullets were fired at them. They were buried separately contrary to their request.