Interview with Bonnie and Clyde

Interview with Bonnie and Clyde

Now that I have substantial supernatural experience in interviewing the undead – those folks who just won’t lie down and die and stay there – I have graduated to the level of talking with two people together. Our victims today, I mean subjects, are Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow.

Do you remember these two outstanding examples of Depression-era Americana? Here is their fascinating story directly from them.

me – Hello, Mr. and Mrs. Barrow. May I call you Bonnie and Clyde.

Bonnie – Sure.

Clyde – Whatever.

me – There have been so many stories and even a few movies about you both, I thought I would try to get the real story from you in person.

Clyde – Are you going to pay us for our story?

me – No, I hadn’t planned to. I didn’t think there was a way for you to spend any money I might pay you.

Bonnie – That’s for damn sure. Forget it.

One of Bonnie's favorite photos
One of Bonnie's favorite photos

Early Years

Me – Bonnie, tell me a little about yourself. When and where were you born?

Bonnie – My natal day was October 1, 1910. Most people don’t know that my middle name is Elizabeth. I was born in Rowena, Texas – a very small town of less than 500 people. I was the middle child of three kids – like Bill Gates – that could explain a lot. You know what they say about middle children.

me – which is?

Bonnie – Middle children are often insecure because they may have a sense of not belonging – not getting the attention of the oldest and the youngest child. But they are often artistic and creative. I know I was; I loved to write poetry.

My dad was a bricklayer who died when I was four. Then my mother moved us to my grandparents’ home in Cement City, a suburb of Dallas. She worked as a seamstress there. In high school I was one of the best students and I won top prizes in writing, spelling and would you believe it, public speaking. I always have had the gift of gab.


me – How about you Clyde, when and where were you born?

Clyde – Bonnie and I grew up in the same area. I was born in Ellis County, Texas – just a hop, skip and a jump from Dallas/Fort Worth. It was a big city of 150,000 people compared to Rowena.

Bonnie – Any city was a big city compared to Rowena.

Clyde – See, I told you. She likes to get in the last word. For me, March 24, 1909 was the auspicious date. If she can say ‘natal’ I can say ‘auspicious’. I never use my middle name - Chestnut. Bonnie is complaining about being the middle child of only three. I was the fifth of seven and we were really poor when I was growing up. Go on, ask me, “How poor were you?”

me – Okay. How poor were you?

Clyde – I was so poor growing up . . . if I wasn't born a boy . . . I would have had nothing to play with.

me – Isn’t that one of Rodney Dangerfield’s famous one-liners?

Clyde – Yeah, I met him after he passed away in ‘04 and he is one funny guy. You were asking how poor I was. My family had been farmers and when they could no longer earn a living by farming in the early 1920s, they came to West Dallas to settle. At that time there were few real houses – just shanties and tent cities. We were too poor for either a shanty or a tent. For several months my family lived UNDER our wagon - that's the truth! - until my father, Henry, earned enough money to buy a tent. That was a major move upward.

Romance

Me – Was Clyde your first love, Bonnie?

Bonnie – Not really. I didn’t even date until my second year in high school but that year I fell in love with a fellow in my class, Roy Thornton. He was a handsome guy and a sharp dresser – what we called the ‘cat’s pajamas’. Both of us quit school and we were married in September, 1926, six days before my 16th birthday.

There’s no happy ending there, like in the talking pictures (movies) which I love, because Roy was seldom home and frequently in trouble with the law. After January 1929, I never saw him again. We never divorced but strangely enough, I kept wearing his wedding ring.

Me – Clyde, what do you remember about first meeting Bonnie?

Clyde – I met her in January 1930. She was living with her mom and working as a part-time waitress in Dallas. She was only 19 and had been married to a guy who was in prison for murder. I was 21 and unmarried. I think it was love at first sight. She wasn’t quite five feet tall and didn’t weigh more than 90 pounds but she stole my heart.

me – How about you, Bonnie, how do you remember Clyde?

Bonnie – He talks about me being a talker but he talked a mile a minute. I could not get even one word in edgewise. His family had been even poorer than mine, and I knew he hated being poor and wanted to make a name for himself. I knew he had been in jail but I was bored with my life and knew I wanted something more. He was my Prince Charming.

Clyde Barrow - 17 years old
Clyde Barrow - 17 years old
Bonnie and Clyde in pensive moment
Bonnie and Clyde in pensive moment

Clyde’s Past

me – When were you first arrested, Clyde?

Clyde – When I was 17 (late 1926) I was arrested for failing to return a rental car on time.  The second arrest was for possession of stolen goods. My brother, Marvin “Buck” Barrow, and I had a bunch of turkeys – yes, live turkeys – that we couldn’t account for.

I did hold a few jobs in the late 20s but I also did typical guy things – cracked safes, robbed stores, and stole cars. I escaped once from jail using a gun Bonnie smuggled in for me. But I was recaptured and sent to Eastham Prison Farm.  In February 1932, I was paroled and rejoined Bonnie.

Bonnie – It was Clyde’s terrible experiences in prison that made him a bitter criminal. He doesn’t talk about it but he was assaulted repeatedly for more than a year by a brutish inmate. With a length of pipe, he fractured the skull of this monster. That was the first person he killed. A former cellmate once told me that he watched him ‘change from a school-boy to a rattlesnake’.

Bonnie with cigar 1933 -  just for fun
Bonnie with cigar 1933 - just for fun
Bonnie holding Clyde at gunpoint - just for fun
Bonnie holding Clyde at gunpoint - just for fun
Bonnie and Clyde posing - just for fun
Bonnie and Clyde posing - just for fun

Crime Spree

me – The years between 1931 and 1934 are often referred to as the ‘public enemy era’ – the time when John Dillinger, Pretty Boy Floyd and Baby Face Nelson captured the public’s interest. Why do you think both of you became such legends?

Bonnie – Well, Dillinger had his good looks and Floyd and Nelson had the most intriguing nicknames but I think it was because of the ‘illicit sex appeal’. I mean, Clyde and I were young, together, and unmarried, so . . .

Clyde – I think it was the photo of Bonnie with a cigar in her mouth. A girl who smoked cigars was a wild woman to the public. Like the Lindsay Lohan of her day.

Bonnie – And the funny part of it is I did chain-smoke Camel cigarettes, but never cigars. As a joke, I grabbed Clyde’s cigar one day, put it in my mouth and posed for a picture with it. I left the undeveloped film rolls in an apartment, the police confiscated it, and a Joplin, Missouri newspaper published the photo for all to see. Bonnie – the cigar-smoking gun moll.

me – What was your primary motive during all of your dozen or so bank robberies and all those smaller jobs robbing grocery stores and gas stations. Fame? or fortune? or both?

Clyde – I was seeking revenge against the Texas prison system for the abuses I suffered while doing time. We became known as the Barrow Gang who would shoot anyone who got in our way, police officer or civilian. Others who joined us from time to time were my brother, Buck, his wife, Blanche, and other rotating members of the gang including Raymond Hamilton, W.D. Jones, and Henry Methvin.

Bonnie – I watched the glamorous movie of us with Faye Dunaway and Warren Beatty but our real life was anything but glamorous. For two years we robbed gas stations, small village stores and the occasional bank taking hostages when we got into a tight spot. Clyde was good with a gun and didn’t hesitate to use it. I was his willing accomplice. But I never fired a shot. Not once.

Barrow Death Posse 1934.  Top: Hinton, Oakley, Gault.  Seated: Alcorn, Jordan, Hamer
Barrow Death Posse 1934. Top: Hinton, Oakley, Gault. Seated: Alcorn, Jordan, Hamer
Death car with more than 50 bullet holes
Death car with more than 50 bullet holes

Death Scene - 16mm film shot by posse member Ted Hinton

Clyde and Bonnie 1934
Clyde and Bonnie 1934

Goal Accomplished

me – What happened on January 16, 1934?

Clyde – I finally made my move against the Texas Department of Corrections when I orchestrated the escape of Henry Methvin, Ray Hamilton and three others during the infamous Eastham Prison Breakout. The Texas prison system received national publicity – all negative – from this brazen raid and I achieved the burning passion of my life – enacting revenge.

End of the Era

me – I know the law finally caught up with you both in 1934.

Clyde – Yes, The FBI finally got into the act – they had jurisdiction solely on a charge of transporting a stolen automobile across a state line. Can you imagine that? "Borrowing" cars was the end of us. Bureau agents joined the hunt for us in 1933 and used their considerable resources to track us down.

Bonnie – Early in the morning of May 23, 1934, a six-man posse composed of five police officers from Louisiana and Texas, and Texas Ranger Frank Hamer, concealed themselves in bushes along a dirt road near Gibsland, Bienville Parish, Louisiana. We were driving on that road and slowed down because we thought we recognized the guy standing by the side of his car. We thought he needed our help. It was a trap. When we tried to drive away, the officers opened fire. We were killed instantly.

In the end, Bonnie and Clyde, the most notorious crime couple in American history – suspected of 13 murders - died as they lived -  in a hail of bullets. Their murderous days were over, but their legend, often rooted more in fiction than in fact, has continued to grow over the years.

Note: Bonnie’s husband, Roy Thornton was in prison in 1934 when he learned of his wife dying in an ambush. His reaction was, "I'm glad they went out like they did. It's much better than being caught.”

Irony: One of Bonnie’s regular customers in the Dallas restaurant where she worked was postal worker, Ted Hinton, who would join the Dallas Sheriff's Department in 1932, and as a posse member participated in her ambush in 1934 and photographed the death scene.

“The Trail’s End” by Bonnie Parker

You've read the story of Jesse James,

of how he lived and died.

If you're still in need; of 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 these write-ups;

they're not as ruthless as that.

their nature is raw; they hate all the law,

the stool pigeons, spotters and rats.

They call them cold-blooded killers

they say they are heartless and mean.

But I say this with pride, that I once knew Clyde,

when he was honest and upright and clean.

But the law fooled around; kept 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 heart-break some people have suffered

from weariness some people have died.

But take it 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 fiend, they just wipe their 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 awfull hard times; we'd make 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 Texas viaduct,

Is known as the great divide.

Where the women are kin; and the men are men,

And they won’t “stool” on Bonnie and Clyde.

If they try to act like citizens

And rent them a nice little flat.

About the third night; they’re invited to fight,

To a sub-gun’s rat-tat-tat.

They don’t think they’re too smart or desperate

They know that the law always wins.

They’ve been shot at before; but they do not ignore,

That death is the wages of sin.

Some day they’ll go down together,

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.


Final Ironic Note: 1934 really was the end of the Public Enemy Era.Two months after Gibsland, John Dillinger was ambushed and killed on the street in Chicago, Illinois next to a movie theater.

Three months after that, Charles Arthur "Pretty Boy" Floyd took 14 FBI bullets in the back in East Liverpool, Ohio. One month after that, Lester ‘Baby Face Nelson’ Gillis shot it out, and lost, in Barrington, Illinois.

Wait there's more! The Bonnie and Clyde Festival. I kid you not. Every year around the time of the anniversary of the ambush. a 'Bonnie and Clyde Festival' is hosted in the town of Gibsland, Texas.

The death scene location is commemorated by a stone marker that has been defaced over time by souvenir hunters and gunshot. So a small metal version of the marker was added to accompany the stone monument. It was stolen.So was its replacement!






Site marker at death scene Gibsland, Texas
Site marker at death scene Gibsland, Texas
Just for Fun
Just for Fun

Bonnie Parker's Poetry

Joplin police discovered some scrawled poetry left behind by Bonnie in her apartment. Her poem, ‘Suicide Sal’, was published in newspapers all over the U.S. Her poem, ‘The Trail’s End,’ is known as ‘The Story of Bonnie and Clyde.’ She gave her handwritten notes to her mother two weeks before her death and Emma Parker gave them to the press.

"Suicide Sal" by Bonnie Parker

We each of us have a good “alibi”

For being down here in the “joint”

But few of them really are justified

If you get right down to the point.

You’ve heard of a woman’s glory

Being spent on a “downright cur”

Still you can’t always judge the story

As true being told by her.

As long as I’ve stayed on this “island”

And heard “confidence tales” from each gal.

Only one seemed interesting and truthful-

The story of “Suicide Sal”.

Now Sal was a gal of rare beauty,

Though her features were coarse and tough;

She never once faltered from duty

To play on the “up and up”.

Sal told me this tale on the evening’

Before she was turned out “free”

And I’ll do my best to relate it.

Just as she told it to me.

I was born on a ranch in Wyoming;

Not treated like Helen of Troy.

I was taught that “rods were rulers”

And ranked as a greasy cowboy.

Then I left my old home for the city

To play in its mad dizzy whirl,

Not knowing how little of pity

It holds for a country girl.

There I fell for the line of a “henchman”

A professional killer from “Chi”

I couldn’t help loving him madly,

For him even I would die.

One year we were desperately happy

Our “ill gotten gains” we spent free,

I was taught the ways of the “underworld”

Jack was just like a God to me.

I got on the “F.B.A. payroll

To get the inside lay of the “job”

The bank was turning big money!

It looked like a cinch for the mob.

Eighty grand without even a “rumble” –

Jack was last with the loot in the door,

When the teller dead-aimed a revolver

From where they forced him to lied on the floor.

I knew I had only a moment –

He would surely get Jack as he ran,

So I staged a “big fade out” beside him

And knocked the forty-five out of his hand.

They “rapped me down big” at the station,

And informed me that I’d get the blame

For the “dramatic stunt” pulled on the teller

Looked to them, too much like a “game”.

The police called it a frame-up

Ssid it was an “inside job”

But I steadily denied any knowledge

Or dealings with underworld mobs.

The gang hired a couple of lawyers,

The best “fixers” in any man’s town,

But it takes more than lawyers and money

When Uncle Sam Starts shaking you down.

I was charged as a scion of gangland

And tried for my wages of sin,

The dirty dozen found me guilty –

From five to fifty years in the pen.

I took the rap like good people,

And never one squawk did I make.

Jack dropped himself on the promise

That we make a sensational break.

Well, to shorten a sad lengthy story,

Five years have gone over my head

Without even so much as a letter -

At first I thought he was dead.

But not long ago I discovered;

From a gal in the joint named Lyle,

That Jack and his moll had “got over”

And were living in true gangster style.

If he had returned to me sometime,

Though he hadn’t a cent to give

I’d forget all the hell that he’s caused me,

And love him as long as I lived.

But there’s no chance of his ever coming,

For he and his moll have no fears

But that I will die in this prison,

Of flatten this fifty years.

Tomorrow I’ll be on the outside

And I’ll drop myself on it today,

I’ll bump ‘em if they give me the “hotsquat”

On this island out here in the bay …

The iron doors swung wide next morning

For a gruesome woman of waste,

Who at last had a chance to “fix it”

Murder showed in her cynical face.

Not long ago I read in the paper

That a gal on the East Side got “hot”

And when the smoke finally retreated,

Two of gangdom were found on the spot.

It related the colorful story

Of a jilted ganster gal

Two days later, a sub-gun ended

The story of “Suicide Sal”.


© Copyright BJ Rakow 2010, 2011. All rights reserved. Author, "Much of What You Know about Job Search Just Ain't So"


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Pamela Kinnaird W 6 years ago from Maui and Arizona

I loved this whole idea. I've interviewed many people for their family and personal histories, but never would have thought of this angle for a hub which you have dreamed up. What a great imagination you have.

Suicide Sal was so heart-tugging. Bonnie and Clyde was the most so, though, because you revealed their lives so well. I'm going to share this on my Facebook page now.


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drbj 6 years ago from south Florida Author

Hi, Pamela. You are fast! The ink was hardly dry on the page when you arrived. Thanks for liking this idea and for reminding me to add the links to my other four Interviews with Undead People. (See links above).

Thank you also for sharing this with FB friends. You are a sweetheart. :)


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Petra Vlah 6 years ago from Los Angeles

The great part of drjb writing, Pamela, is that she does the research and does not uses imagination as facts. Yes, drjb puts a lot of fun into it and makes it enjoyable to read, but other than that it is all true.

Bravo drbj, you did it again!


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breakfastpop 6 years ago

I love this idea and enjoyed every single word. Voted up and awesome!


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christopheranton 6 years ago from Gillingham Kent. United Kingdom

This was a lot darker than your previous interviews, possibly because we can identify with Bonnie and Clyde as real people. The photos really bring them to life.

Thank you for an awesome article.


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Feline Prophet 6 years ago from India

You're getting better and better at this, drbj! And I have to commend your courage - you never go for the harmless goody-two-shoes type of interviewees, do you? :D


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drbj 6 years ago from south Florida Author

Petra, m'love, thank you for recognizing the power of my research and making these Interviews "enjoyable to read."

I appreciate your kind comments which also happen to be true. But then it takes one to know one, correct? And my thanks also for the brava - always a pleasure to read. :)


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drbj 6 years ago from south Florida Author

Thank you, bp, for making my evening. Having you love this idea and enjoying every SINGLE word ... what else could a hubber desire.

And the "Voted up and awesome!" is the icing on the cake. :)


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lisadpreston 6 years ago from Columbus, Ohio

I like your interviews and this one especially. In some ways I admire Bonnie and Clyde. They really weren't bad people. Their bank robberies started for a reason and not to just steal and kill. It is intriguing to me that they did so much at such a young age. I think they were 23 and 24 when they were killed. Another intriguing fact is that they were so tiny in body. Bonnie only 4'11" and 90lbs and clyde 5'7" and 130lbs. I always thought of them as older and much bigger. Bonnie was so talented,it is a shame she went in the wrong direction. But that is what poverty will do to people. Great interview. I loved it.


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drbj 6 years ago from south Florida Author

That was a very valid point, christopher. When my interviewees are not ancient history and are viewed more as "real people," their stories seem much more realistic and as you say, 'darker'. And I'm a great believer in the use of photos to bring a story to life.

Thank you for the "awesome article" comment.


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drbj 6 years ago from south Florida Author

What a nice thing to say, Feline Prophet. Getting better and better at these interviews is certainly my goal. And it's nice to have that recognized.

I confess, "harmless goody-two-shoes type" of interviewees have never been my style. I relate much better to those who live on the edge or flirt with danger, like impalement. :)


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drbj 6 years ago from south Florida Author

Hi, lisa, so nice to have you here. It's true, Bonnie and Clyde were more misguided than evil, and once they began their life of crime, there was no turning back.

As you commented, they were were not large in life but large in memory and both died very young. Bonnie was 24; Clyde, 25.


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Darlene Sabella 6 years ago from Hello, my name is Toast and Jam, I live in the forest with my dog named Sam ...

What an excellent hub and yes I rate up up up...I read and learned more about them in this awewsome interview then the movies I hav seen. Great job and I enjoyed every word, well done my great friend. You are a prince and a great writer. Love & peace darski


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SteveoMc 6 years ago from Pacific NorthWest

Cool idea, loved it. What a lot of information and so interesting.


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Micky Dee 6 years ago

drbj! You do this so well! I love the way you weave these interviews. I hope you interview yourself some day! I love the history and the fun way you tell it.


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Austinstar 6 years ago from Somewhere in the universe

Good job! Drbj, you are my journalistic hero. Traveling to the past is hard to do. Have you considered interviewing future people? Might be a nice slant on the next President or two. LOL.

The Bonnie and Clyde story is near and dear to all Texans. They gave us a certain "reputation" if you will. She was a pretty little thing.


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drbj 6 years ago from south Florida Author

Thank you for your visit and sweet comments, darski, it's my pleasure to see you here. Love the up, up, up rating. All you left out was the "and away ..."

One of the benefits of doing these kind of interviews is all the great new information I learn while doing the research.

Thanks for the awesome and enjoying every word. Gladdens my heart - whatever that may be. You are a GREAT fan. Love & peace backatcha.


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drbj 6 years ago from south Florida Author

Hi, Steve, you are cool for "loving my cool idea," Talk about a lot of interesting information - I could write another two hubs about just the activities of the police and the FBI during this case. Maybe one day I will. :)


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drbj 6 years ago from south Florida Author

Thank you, Micky, for appreciating the way I "weave these interviews," and the "fun way" I tell the history.

What an interesting idea - interviewing myself? But first I have to amass a Horde like Genghis - or an empire like Cleo and Napoleon - or learn the method of ugh? impalement like Dracula - or find a Clyde to run (rob) with. Whatcha think?


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Amy Becherer 6 years ago from St. Louis, MO

This interview is magnificent. Bonnie was not only beautiful, but she did not exaggerate her talent...her poetry and use of phrases is, in my opinion, masterful and ahead of it's time. You have accomplished yet another masterpiece of humor and facts that is entertaining, informative and brilliant.


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drbj 6 years ago from south Florida Author

Thank you Lela for stopping by and the "good job!" Happy to be your "journalistic hero." I hadn't thought about interviewing future folks but then again who knows what the future brings? As for the next President, I already know who I do NOT want.

I'm very aware that the Bonnie and Clyde story is near and dear to many Texans, so I have tried to be very fair and circumspect in the retelling of their story. :)


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drbj 6 years ago from south Florida Author

Wow, Amy - "entertaining, informative and brilliant" - it just doesn't get any better than that. Thank you, m'dear.

Yes, Bonnie was beautiful and possessed a talent for poetry. I didn't know that till I researched her life. Can't remember Faye Dunaway in the movie writing poetry.

Weaving humor into facts is what I enjoy doing and I'm delighted you enjoyed it, too. :)


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lmmartin 6 years ago from Alberta and Florida

Another excellent job, and a great read with my morning coffee. Lynda


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always exploring 6 years ago from Southern Illinois

man,I can't help but think they used way too many bullets.I like Bonnie.She was a poet,my kind of woman.I saw the movie.I guess they got what they deserved,but i'm always for the under-dog.You did an excellent interwiew.Bonnie's poetry was pretty good.I wonder if Hubpages would have given her that sought-after 100 score hee.

Cheers


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prasetio30 6 years ago from malang-indonesia

Another great hub from you. My friend, you always be my favorite and you are the master to make such of great interview, like this one. I really enjoy your hub. Good work, my friend. I can't wait to rate this Up.

Prasetio:)


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lorlie6 6 years ago from Bishop, Ca

Another grand interview, drbj! I love your style.


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MartieCoetser 6 years ago from South Africa

I’m consulting my dictionary now, for words such as superb, magnificent, splendid, excellent.... drjb, take a bow, and yes, I’ve noticed it too – you are excelling in this. Kind of scary.... exactly how brilliant can you get? Serious, this series of interviews is a hit – I think this will impress a publisher. Thanks for this marvelous entertainment.


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Pamela99 6 years ago from United States

What a great idea and interview. Awesome job. Rated up.


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drbj 6 years ago from south Florida Author

Thank you, Lynda, you know I always appreciate your visiting and commenting. Delighted you found this to be excellent and a great read. Those are significant comments coming from you, a writer I admire.


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drbj 6 years ago from south Florida Author

It's funny, Ruby, you mentioned they used way too many bullets. The final count of all the bullets expended by the police was 130 rounds. The car had 50 bullet holes.

After reading Bonnie's poetry, I agree with you she was a better than average poet. Would she get a 100-points hubscore? Who knows? Thanks for enjoying and commenting on the Interview.


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drbj 6 years ago from south Florida Author

Hello, prasetio, thank you for the most gracious comments. The master, eh? What a nice thing to say. You are one of my favorites, too, and I always enjoy reading your 'mysterious' hubs. And thank you for the up rating. :)


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drbj 6 years ago from south Florida Author

So, lorlie, you love my style? What a coincidence, I love you. Thanks for enjoying my latest interview - with more contemporary subjects this time around.


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drbj 6 years ago from south Florida Author

Oh, Martie, can you see me? I'm taking that bow. Wow, what superlative adjectives - you really did haul out the ole dictionary. Brilliant, too! Is there no end to your perspicacity?

Thanks for all the praise - I'm delighted to have entertained you. I have thought of publishing these Interviews after I amass a few more - as long as my brain cells don't atrophy. No worry there - they wouldn't dare.


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drbj 6 years ago from south Florida Author

Hi, Pamela, thank you for stopping by and the kind comments. You and they are much appreciated. Especially the 'awesome' - one of my all-time favorites. Thanks, too, for the up.


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Jane Bovary 6 years ago from The Fatal Shore

This hub is the cat's pyjamas. My only experience with Bonnie and Clyde is the Warren Beatty/Faye Dunaway film...so it's very interesting to get this realer picture.

Imaginative choice too drbj.


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akirchner 6 years ago from Central Oregon

Can we like start submitting who we want you to interview next? You're on a roll, sister!

Seriously though - what a sad life for them but I guess they had some fun. I loved some of your lines - like he was so poor that he wasn't a boy, he'd have nothing to play with. Hilarious - and gotta love the Obamas in the photo!

You really do bring a lot to the table here, BJ - you make us realize all these things about these people that we have read about, watched movies about but maybe we didn't actually THINK about like where they came from, the times and how they shaped them. And of course you add in your natural humor and give them a living breathing personality.

You have a gift.....like Robert De Niro did in his movies with Billy Crystal....'you..you...you - you got a gift my friend'.

Can I work on a list of who I want to know about and submit it and you can use your divine powers to set up an interview? Or should I contact your agent?

I wish my mother would look at a computer - she would be in hysterics! Do you have this in print?


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Austinstar 6 years ago from Somewhere in the universe

I actually saw the car and the bullet holes once. It was on tour with some carnival. I think I paid a buck to see it. I remember the scene vividly.

Faye Dunnaway was a fantastic Bonnie. And yes, I think she did "write" a poem in the movie.


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drbj 6 years ago from south Florida Author

The cat's pajamas? Thanks, Jane. That expression is adulatory Nirvana. Miles above the "bee's knees".

Like you, much of what I knew about Bonnie and Clyde I learned from the movie.

Thanks for appreciating my "imaginative choice." :)


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drbj 6 years ago from south Florida Author

Audrea, m'luv - I adore your perspicuous and perspicacious comments. You never fail to make my day. But this time you have gone above and beyond, my dear. Where shall I ship your new Lexus . . . . . . key chain?

Delighted you enjoyed my eccentric humor like the "being so poor" line and the charming graphic of our leader. I love your comparison of my gift (?) to that wonderfully funny line in the De Niro/Crystal movie. I remember that funny film and I am honored by your exuberant recognition.

To answer your first query, Yes. Absolutely. Tell me who you would like me to unearth (literally) and utilize my supernatural powers to interview. Just tell your people to call my people, If our people are otherwise engaged - or married - just comment, or email.

To answer your second query, I do have my "Interviews" in print form and it would be my pleasure to mail a copy of this one to either you or your lovable mother. Just email me the address.


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akirchner 6 years ago from Central Oregon

BJ - I'll be expecting my lexus.....key chain....in the mail....and will get to work on that list. How about Elvis? How about Michael Jackson? I know that they're not old stories but just food for thought. I have burning questions and I want to know more! Like did Elvis get his swishing pelvis by working out or was it a genetic thing? (Like maybe his mother did it too?)


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drbj 6 years ago from south Florida Author

Oh, my, Lela, you actually saw the bullet-ridden car? That is certainly not something one can see every day.

You may have noticed the extra special care I took not to make Bonnie and Clyde the most dastardly of villains, knowing how significant (and to some, esteemed) they may be in Texas' history.

Thank you for stopping by and commenting.


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drbj 6 years ago from south Florida Author

Hi, susie - I don't have my invisible ink decoder on hand so hope you will drop by and repeat your comment. :)

Isn't it annoying when that happens?


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drbj 6 years ago from south Florida Author

Elvis and Michael are on my list. Somewhere between Jack the Ripper and Attila the Hun. No hidden message there.


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akirchner 6 years ago from Central Oregon

And how about Jimmy Hoffa? I've been 'dying' excuse the pun to know what happened to him and where he is! We lived in the exact town in the Detroit area and the time when he disappeared and just for the record both Bob and I were busy so our alibis are iron clad. I know NU-THING as the lovable guy from Hogan's Heroes claimed!

I shall have to email you because she would absolutely be hysterical over your interviews. It would also give me a breather from her breathing down my neck about writing more 'gripping' hubs - she is a political activist at 81 - need I say more? And here I waste my precious time writing humor and recipes! ha ha - I actually wish I had a couple of clones of myself and then I guess I'd get it right (or was that write) and cover all the bases!


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susannah42 6 years ago from Florida

Very entertaining hub. Maybe you could interview a few others who have gone.


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Sweetsusieg 6 years ago from Michigan

Oh how funny!! My comment disappeared!! Hmmm, now to remember what I wrote!

1. Awesome Hub!!

2. We watched the movie in my 10th grade English class (odd I know, he was an odd teacher)

3. Awesome Hub!!

4. That era fascinated me due to a cool pic of my Grandma and Grandpa, they looked like Gangsters...

Ummm...

5. Awesome Hub!!

Does that over what got erased? Oh yeah, did I tell you AWESOME HUB???!!!!


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Hello, hello, 6 years ago from London, UK

Unique idea of putting it into an interview and excellently written. Thank you for the joy of readinbg it.


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katiem2 6 years ago from I'm outta here

A rental car, lol, who knew they had rental cars back in the day of Bonny and Clyde. Very entertaining read. I do love this series of interviews and look forward to many many more. Your a delightful writer and were all so blessed to have your creative genius available to us. Bravo, Bravo indeed. Peace :)


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Wesman Todd Shaw 6 years ago from Kaufman, Texas

Always Awesome! You've got me wondering though, cause I've always lived around Dallas. . . .and I've never heard of Cement City.


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mysterylady 89 6 years ago from Florida

Well, my friend, you did it again! I had no knowledge of Bonnie and Clyde. Now I have a feeling for who they were and why they were the way they were. I admire your talent, and, of course, your delightful sense of humor. I loved the picture of Bonnie smoking a cigar!

(Btw, I was the middle child for 15 years!)


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drbj 5 years ago from south Florida Author

ak - I'm still looking for Jimmy Hoffa, too. I may have to go back and find Genghis Khan again - he seemed to know more about him than anyone else. Are you sure your alibi is ironclad? You don't want police questioners "up your nose with a rubber hose!"

More power to your mom with her political activism but how can she fail to see the gripping power of your hubs? Your encounters with sled dogs, skiing, fishing, swimming, sibilant, hissing snakes (sorry), that Chevy monster car, etc. are so gripping they keep me glued to the computer screen. But don't stop.


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drbj 5 years ago from south Florida Author

Oh, susanna, (I've been waning to say that since I met you) thanks for being entertained. Yes, I do plan to interview other famous and infamous now-departed characters. Only problem, there are so many interesting dead folks I find it difficult to select only a few. I'll do my best.


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drbj 5 years ago from south Florida Author

Wow, susie, you can remember your comments after they have been deleted? I bow to your superior cognition.

OK - that was 5 "awesome hub" comments. I think that may be a new record. I'll have to think of a special award for you for that.

Cannot believe that your teacher presented the B & C movie to 10th grade students. Did he follow up with the "Texas Chainsaw Murders" film?

It fascinates me that your grandparents looked like gangsters in a photo. Was it their mode of dress or the expressions on their faces? Just curious.

Oh, yes, thanks for remembering all this good stuff and especially all those awesome hub comments. It was worth waiting for!


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drbj 5 years ago from south Florida Author

Hi, hello, thank you for finding joy in reading my hub. What a lovely comment. Yes, I agree, it is my unique idea of interviewing and excellently written. No humility here, you see. :)


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drbj 5 years ago from south Florida Author

Hi, katie, thanks for being entertained and loving my series of interviews and looking forward to many more. I say that because I haven't a clue yet as to who I will interview next. I'm waiting for the voices to tell me :)

"A delightful writer" am I? "Creative genius"? and two "Bravos" I'm almost overcome. Three bravos might do it though.


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drbj 5 years ago from south Florida Author

Thank you, Wesman, for the 'always awesome.' I do appreciate your visits and comments.

Since you asked, and I had never heard of Cement City before either, I did a little more research. Here is what I found. Cement or Cement City, Texas was on the Missouri Pacific Railroad three miles west of downtown Dallas, south of the Trinity River. Do you know that area?

The community was named for the two cement plants, its largest employers. By 1931 (when Bonnie lived there), Cement City was incorporated and had a population of 609. The area became so highly industrialized through its production of cement that the residential area of the town declined; the population in the early 1940s was only 249. By 1951 the community was unincorporated. But good news. The population rose to 450 in 1960, the last time Cement is mentioned as an independent community.

So now we both know.


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drbj 5 years ago from south Florida Author

Hi, mysterylady. Since I don't know your first name - yet - I'm going to call you Greta - as in Greta Garbo who was seen as mysterious and enigmatic when she appeared in films a long, long time ago.

Thank you for 'admiring my talent' and my 'delightful sense of humor'. Me, too.

Funny you mentioned that cigar. Bonnie stuck it in her mouth as a joke and when the press published that photo, all the readers could see was a dangerous gun moll.

So you're a middle child, too, I knew that! :)


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prasetio30 5 years ago from malang-indonesia

Another great hub from you. I really enjoy this hub. You have done a good job and you still my favorite. Thanks for share with us. Take care!

Prasetio:)


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Sweetsusieg 5 years ago from Michigan

My teacher had us watch 'Cool Hand Luke'.. his association with Jesus was rather strange.. I never said he was right in the head!!

My Grandparents were dressed in some pretty darned fancy clothes, with her hair style and the hat (set jauntily upon his head) and the pose that they struck... That was it.. No guns tho!! (thank goodness!!) I remember telling my Mom they looked like they should be in those gangster movies (as my daughter would say... the gray people... black and white movies)

I could tell you some stories that would either curl your hair or have you roaring with laughter!! Oh my....


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drbj 5 years ago from south Florida Author

Thank you, prasetio, for your kind comments and your visit. It is always a pleasure to hear from you. Especially when you say I'm your favorite. Wow! That's a very nice place to be.


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drbj 5 years ago from south Florida Author

Your daughter has the soul of a writer - like you, susie. "Gray people"? Descriptive in more than one way. Whenever you find the time, would love to hear or read those stories. :)


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sheila b. 5 years ago

Great interview and interesting comments, too. Their story made a good movie and even this wonderful interview, but it ends there for me. I simply cannot understand people who excuse them. And one last thing - I was expecting Bonnie to exclaim, 'but I loved him!'


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epigramman 5 years ago

...another classic interview by an interviewer who could put Barbara Walters and Larry King to shame - I am still waiting for Jack the Ripper and perhaps Sitting Bull or General George Armstrong Custer - or Aimee McPherson - but this is a dream hub for me with my fascination with Bonnie and Clyde since I saw the Arthur Penn film as a kid - oh yeah another one could be Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid - you are absolutely marvelous at doing this - the interview series is definitely your 'niche' and hub hallmark and should be recognized by the Hub community as hubs of the year - and I'm serious .....they're very inventive and educational at the same time - bravo x 10 times!!!


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drbj 5 years ago from south Florida Author

Hi, sheila. I think Bonnie did love Clyde - he was both her lover and the father she never had. No excuse, of course, but it creates a powerful bond that even reason can't break.

Thanks for stopping by and enjoying the Interview . . . and the wonderful comments.


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drbj 5 years ago from south Florida Author

Hi, Colin. Thanks for the magnanimous comparison to noted interviewers. Makes my day. Evening, too.

You know, I started the Jack the Ripper Interview and then realized who will I be interviewing? Jack was never apprehended. I thought of interviewing the police officials who were involved if I can find enough information about them. We'll see.

Now Sitting Bull and Custer - that would be an interesting dynamic duo. Thanks for the idea.

Thank you for the splendid comments referring to my niche and hub hallmark. Hubs of the year? Wow! That would be like the Pulitzer Prize, no? Gracias also for the bravo to the 10th power. What an accolade!

You know I appreciate your visits and your comments - as I appreciate you and your talent. :)


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De Greek 5 years ago from UK

A bit more effort and we shall end up with two philanthropists who were gravely misunderstood,DRBJ :-))


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saddlerider1 5 years ago

Yes you certainly have mastered the interviewing of ghosts from the past with such a flare and style of your own. It's a shame that two people's paths should cross yet it was meant to be, one a pretty and poetic Bonnie and the other a misunderstood abused by the system Clyde.

It was their destiny to die the way they did, however in my opinion it was a very cowardly way to do it by the authorities. They made sure by pumping enough lead into that car that some of those bullets would kill Bonnie and Clyde and it did, stone dead.

The old saying holds true "You live by the gun, you die by the gun" I have first hand knowledge of that, my father and his brothers were gangsters and one of my uncles got murdered in his house, walking down the stairs two guys came through the front door and shot him to death.

Like I said, Destiny...Peace and hugs and a very Merry Christmas to you and yours....keep em coming, you are taking us all on a fantastic journey with these interviews.

How about an interview with Hitler, Rasputin, The Beatles, Elvis and Priscilla, Frank Sinatra,John Kennedy, Bill Gates...just to name a few:0))


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drbj 5 years ago from south Florida Author

Hi, dimi - nice to have you back where you belong. Wait a minute, isn't that a line from 'Hello, Dolly'?

I tried to do the Bonnie and Clyde interview from what I believe to be the attitudes of the protagonists - abused by the system. But I never would even hint that they were philanthropists. Naïve, yes. Ingenuous, yes. But philanthropic? A big no!


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Green Lotus 5 years ago from Atlanta, GA

Better late than never..but here I am to say Bravo again. You bring history to life! OOOH so who's next?


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drbj 5 years ago from south Florida Author

Ken - I appreciate your gracious and literate comments - "flare and style" are two of my favorite adjectives. It is interesting that you mentioned how the authorities killed Bonnie and Clyde stone cold dead. That they did and with no warning, not a single "Halt or we'll shoot" was uttered. It was an ambush plain and simple.

What a fascinating family you have replete with gangsters. What a literary bonanza you must have to draw upon for future hubs.

Thanks for your suggestions of other undead celebrities to interview; I'll see what I can do. Happiest of holidays to you and yours. :)


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drbj 5 years ago from south Florida Author

It's never too late to visit me, Hillary. The door is always open. Well, maybe not always open, but usually ajar. Well, maybe not always ajar, sometimes it stays a door. Sorry - sometimes when I get started like that the debbil takes over and I can't stop.

Regardless, I treasure your visits and comments and the Bravo. Bringing history to life - that's what I enjoy doing.

Still figuring out how to do a hub on Jack the Ripper but I have an extensive list of potential interviewees from all my lovely followers. :)


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Tammy L 5 years ago from Jacksonville, Texas

Immediately after the ambush, a Kodak camera was located inside the vehicle. One of the officers took pictures of the bodies as they were being removed from the car. There is one picture taken of Clyde's dead body still behind the wheel. The officer gave the negatives to a friend of his which were in turn given to his friend's granddaughter. The granddaughter had reprints made from these original negatives which she sold on eBay. I purchased a set of these reprints. I also have a Dallas newspaper from May 1934 which includes the news story of the ambush. I'm thinking the newspaper is also a reprint.


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drbj 5 years ago from south Florida Author

Nice to meet you, Tammy L. The Kodak camera that the officers involved in the ambush found in the death car probably belonged to Bonnie. She loved taking photos.

The items you now own are collectibles and someday may be worth more money than Bonnie and Clyde 'collected' in their lifetimes. Ironic, no?


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Truckstop Sally 5 years ago

Like many have said before -- your interview format is informative and refreshing (for this and other hubs). I love historical fiction, and I look forward to your next hub (victim)!


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drbj 5 years ago from south Florida Author

Thanks for visiting, Truckstop Sally - great name! Delighted that you find my interview format informative and refreshing. Historical fiction is one of my favorites, too. I'm looking forward to my next subject, too, since at the moment I don't have a clue.

Wait a minute. I just published "Interview with Jack the Ripper." Check it out and let me know what you think.


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MelissaKA 5 years ago from Dayton, Ohio

Well better late to the party than never. Just stumbled on this... I'm a history nerd checking out the American History hubs and here I am. I loved this! It was a really fun way to get more information on the subject. Thanks for writing it!


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drbj 5 years ago from south Florida Author

Nice to meet you Melissa. Delighted you found me. There's no panalty for late arrivals. No thanks are necessary. Writing my Interviews with Undead Celebrities are my pleasure, m'dear. Thanks for stopping by.

There are 17 or 18 other interviews you may want to read - some with celebrities, some with animals, some with vegetables. Really!


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Sunshine625 5 years ago from Orlando, FL

As a longtime Bonnie and Clyde fan I learned things about them that I never knew until this interview! They were such a feisty couple...rock stars of their era. Thank you for this interview :) Interviews with vegetables?!?!? Gotta go find that one! LOL UP/Awesome!!


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drbj 5 years ago from south Florida Author

Me, too, Sunshine, I always thought Bonnie and Clyde were way ahead of their time - they displayed such outright 'chutspa.'

Thanks for stopping by as well as the Up and Awesome. You're my kind of hubbuddy.


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dahoglund 4 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids

It is odd that so many gangsters were treated as glamorous. Maybe it was the depression and people needed something to escape their own dreary lives. Your interview format works well. voted up and awesome. shared.


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John Sarkis 4 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

Hi drbj,

brilliantly witty as is everything else you've done thus far. I love the movie; additionally, I had never seeing a picture of them before.

Take care and enjoy your day

John


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drbj 11 months ago from south Florida Author

You may be right, Don. Although Bonnie and Clyde were bank robbers, during the dreary Depression, their lives and exploits may have been seen as exciting and glamorous by some folks.

Thanks for the lovely adjectives and the sharing.


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drbj 11 months ago from south Florida Author

Bonnie and Clyde today remain almost as famous as Billy the Kid. Happy to provide some details and photos for you, m'dear. Thanks for the 'brilliantly witty.' Love it!

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