Saturday, 5 March 2016


Bonnie and Clyde certainly went into history for their three years killing spree across America.  They became the most famous couple in murder and passion.  

Today historians try to look closer into it and evidences were found that Bonnie Parker was not the cold blooded gangster’s moll.

A new investigation showed that Clyde Barrow enjoyed his crimes but Bonnie more often than not tried to stop the bloodshed.  Dr Beatrice Colin, lecturer in creative writing at the University of Strathclyde, wrote a drama “The True Story of Bonnie Parker” and it was broadcast on Radio 4.

According to the new found evidence Bonnie would ask Clyde to kidnap people instead of killing them. They drove those hundred of miles and across country lines. Then they bundled them out of the car.

Bonnie was very young and naïve. She got involved with a gang and a killer. However, after the killing on Easter Sunday 1934 of two highway patrolmen who stopped them on Route 114 in Texas, Bonnie’s name was marked forever.  In spite of her being asleep in the back of the car and rushed to help the victims. Later on a witness claimed she was involved as well but his testimony was discredited.

The cold blooded murder certainly shook the Nation.  By that time the crime stuck on both names and it created the myth of Bonnie and Clyde. It followed a killing spree of policemen and civilians. Bonnie never fired a gun although one of the pictures discredited her innocence.

An eye witness even said that she was actually helping the dying men and cradled them in her arms.  It does not deny that she was completely innocence since she was involved with a violent gang. It appears that she was certainly besotted with Clyde
Seven weeks after Clyde shot the two policemen on the highway they were killed themselves in their car in North Louisiana.

From 1931 till their death in 1934 they were known as Public enemy number one.  During those three years they made a long list of hold-ups and it is thought at least 13 people were killed including seven police officers.

Bonnie and Clyde were in a much larger gang covering five Midwest states.  To avoid capture they used a loophole in the Law which was if you committing the crime in one state and crossing into another which stops in those days being pursued.

Bonnie, it is known, was very intelligent and wrote poems plus won many awards in school. Her problems were she was very poor and saw no chance to get out of it.  Bonnie’s father died when she was four and her mother raised her all by herself. They lived in an industrial suburb of Dallas. Clyde came from an even poorer family. His were farmers in a slam area outside Dallas.

Then she met Clyde and innocently only saw him dressing well and drove a fancy car. They met in 1930 at a friend’s house.  When they met, Clyde had already a record of robbing and stealing cars. Soon after they met Clyde was jailed for one year and came out a hardened criminal. Clyde was 21 and Bonnie just 19. Bonnie was married at the age of 15 but her husband Roy Thornton was also known to the police and disappeared a number of times.

Since they came out of real poverty they both longed for a good life and luxury and that was their downfall. They wanted smart clothes, stylish living and flash cars.  She was seen in all the right places and became a celebrity. No doubt she was beautiful and her photos got into glamour magazine as well as crime magazines. 

Apparently she became bigger than lots of stars. But she was also feared because she never was divorced and lived with another man. In those days it was heavily frowned on.

After tracking Bonnie and Clyde for four months the former Texas Ranger Frank Hamer and five officers finally caught up with them on March 23, 1934, in Louisiana.  They put 187 bullets into their car.

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