Bonnie and Clyde: Famous Outlaws of America
Bonnie and Clyde were famous outlaws during the years of 1931-1934. The duo would travel with their small gang and rob banks and gas stations, killing anyone who stepped in to try and stop them or anyone they felt were a threat. When Clyde's brother, Buck Barrow was released from prison in 1933, he and his wife, Blanche joined the gang and traveled the Central United States, causing fear and panic in the towns they made their way through, robbing at gunpoint along the way.
As a young Sophomore in high school., Bonnie dropped out and married Roy Thornton, just shy of her 16th birthday in 1926. Sadly, due to her new husband's run-in's with the law, their marriage was doomed by 1929 and they never saw each other again.
Bonnie first set eyes on Clyde Barrow in January of 1930 at a friends house in Dallas, Texas. For Bonnie, it was love at first sight, she didn't think twice about joining Clyde on his robbing crime sprees, she was very faithful and loyal, doing anything just to stay by Clyde's side, no matter the danger.
During the duo's illegal actions, Bonnie was arrested, however, she only served a few months, once released she was right back with Clyde, off to rob innocent store owners and gas stations, without a care in the world.
Clyde was born to a poor family who resided in a tent and had six other siblings. His first run in with the law was in 1926, due to not returning a rental car. He was arrested and jailed several different times during the years of 1927-1929. While incarcerated, Clyde killed another inmate by smashing him in the head with a led pipe.
When released from prison in 1932, Clyde's demeanor had changed, even close family members noticed he had went from polite to mean and rough as a rattlesnake. This change could very well be caused by the horrible things he had to encounter while locked away in prison.
Bonnie & Clyde's Relationship
The couple's relationship was full of passion. The two were very much in love and wasn't afraid to show affection toward one another in front of anyone. They always had each other's backs and kept each other safe during the dangerous situations they found themselves in. The duo would often take pictures together with their weapons in hand, and send them to the police, taunting the law enforcement. The love and respect they shared for one another made their high profile relationship last their lifetimes.
Bonnie & Clyde's Death
Both Bonnie and Clyde lost their lives on May 23, 1934 on a roadside in Bienville, Louisiana. Law enforcement from Texas and Louisiana had been tracking the couple's patterns for quite some time and set up a secret ambush. It's been stated that the couple was driving a stolen Ford four-door Deluxe driving at a rate of speed close to 85 MPH when she law began to shoot several rounds of shots at the car. By the time it was over, the couple had approximately fifty gunshot wounds in their bodies. When the car was towed back to town, the limp bodies of Bonnie & Clyde were still in the front seat covered with blood.
Facts & Trivia
- Bonnie wrote poetry
- Clyde cut off two of his toes in prison
- Onlookers at the ambush tried to cut off parts of Bonnie and Clyde for souvenirs
- Bonnie was wearing a wedding ring when she died, but it wasn't Clyde's
- Bonnie didn't smoke cigars, they were only for pictures
- Although the duo killed a lot of people, they let more go free
- The duo stole $115 in Orange, MO
- Bonnie was 23 years of age when she died
- Although Bonnie always said she wanted to be buried beside Clyde, her family wouldn't allow it and they were buried in two different locations
- Clyde was 5'7 and Bonnie was 4'11
Bonnie and Clyde made history with their outlaw actions, but in the end, it caused them to meet their death in a horrible way. The duo is still talked about today, even though it has been many, many years since their gang caused innocent people to loose their lives. The stolen car the couple was ambushed in, complete with bullet holes and blood stains, now sits inside a casino in Primm, NV for visitors to see up close.