The ambush on Bonnie & Clyde and the Public enemy era

They were the most romanticized killer couples n the 1930’s. The Barrow gang case had escaped many shootouts. A constant battle of the most feared outlaws was an ongoing journey across the Midwest with federal and local men sent to catch them.

Who were these people really? And what drove them to kill?

Bonnie & Clyde looking very happy together

During the late 1920’s and early 1930’s Franklin D. Roosevelt was president at the time of the Great Depression. The Great Depression started with the economic crash of 1929 and was made even worse by the 1930’s Dust bowl and Roosevelt response to this with programs known as the new deal.

Bonnie and Clyde met at a social gathering at Clarence Clay ( Bonnie’s brother -n-laws) and Clyde’s longtime friend Roy. Roy had abandoned Bonnie many years earlier, yet Bonnie never took her wedding ring off even up to her death.

Bonnie Elizabeth Parker earlier photo

Bonnie was into poetry and creative writing. She kept a journal and wrote everything that was happening through their criminal activities They didn’t stay in one place very long and were always on the road to escape police. Clyde’s full name was Clyde Chestnut Barrow and along with Bonnie started robbing smal banks and gas stations. They ended up killing nine cops total.

Fingerprints of a young Clyde
Bonnie posing with a cigar in her mouth , posing as a man would !
Posing like a gangster

Bonnie & Clyde were members of The Barrow gang, a criminal gang who robbed and killed. Also Clyde’s mother Cumie was also believed to have hidden all of them and was indicted along with 17 other for conspiracy to harbor . She also gave them food. The Barrow gang includes Clyde’s older brother “Buck”, his wife Blanche, W.D Jones, Henry Methvin, Raymond Hamilton, Joe Palmer, Ralph Fults

Bonnie and Clyde had stolen a 1934 Ford Deluxe near Bienville Parish, Louisiana, and by this time they had robbed tons of banks and killed a total of 13 people, Time was up. Police officers laid an ambush along the highway near Sailes, Louisiana, where they were driving at 85 mph. They were shot 50 times each, Dr. Wade reported 17 bullets to Clyde and 26 shots to Bonnie.One completely snapped Clyde”s spinal column. They had semi-automatic rifles and thousands of ammunition with 15 sets of license plates.

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Published by Rossi

I am an artist, explorer and writer, I love history and archaeology. I love to research new territories and have a deep passion for ghost towns, and new places! I am also a mother to 2 grown kids!

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