Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Bonnie and Clyde

Bonnie Elizabeth Parker (October 1, 1910 – May 23, 1934) and Clyde Chestnut Barrow (March 24, 1909 – May 23, 1934) were well-known outlaws, robbers, and criminals who travelled the Central United States with their gang during the Great Depression between 1931 and 1934.
Their exploits captured the attention of the American public between 1931 and 1934. Though known for bank robberies, the duo most often preferred to rob small stores or rural gas stations. The gang is believed to have killed at least nine police officers and several civilians. Barrow and Parker were ambushed and killed on May 23, 1934 on a rural road in Bienville Parish, Louisiana.

The couple appeared in daylight in an automobile and were shot by a posse of Texas officers.

"We kept shooting at the car even after it stopped. We weren't taking any chances."
"Each of us six officers had a shotgun and an automatic rifle and pistols. We opened fire with the automatic rifles. They were emptied before the car got even with us. Then we used shotguns... There was smoke coming from the car, and it looked like it was on fire".
The coroner listed 17 separate entrance wounds on Barrow's body and 26 on Parker's, including several headshots on each, and one that had snapped Barrow's spinal column. So numerous were the bullet holes that the undertaker would have difficulty embalming the bodies because they wouldn't contain the embalming fluid.
A bidder paid $130,000 for a .45-caliber Tommy gun and $80,000 for an 1897 12-gauge shotgun that were seized from one of the duo's hideouts in Missouri in 1933.
Officers inspected the vehicle and discovered an arsenal of weapons, along with fifteen sets of license plates from various states.

Two guns once owned by Bonnie and Clyde. Clyde Barrow's 1911 Colt .45-caliber automatic sold for $240,000. Bonnie Parker's .38-caliber Detective Special that she had taped to her thigh when she was killed sold for $264,000.