Monday, May 9, 2011

Bonnie and Clyde

Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow are another set of the prevalent bank robbers during the "public enemy" era during of the 1930's. Bonnie born in East Texas in a tiny city named Rowena. Clyde on the other hand still from Texas had a different background and upbringing about 45 minutes South of Dallas in Ellis County. The two with their string of small bank robberies built their name for because for one, Bonnie and her sex appeal downplayed the media attention and she kept reality in perspective for Clyde Barrow. In addition to them being born in Texas the two had a lot of activity and travels in the state due to family for the two of them like "cousins of Clyde's who lived on farms deep in East Texas pines"(Burrough 166). Between there several, up to nine robberies, the two had numerous shoot outs and killings of sheriffs’ that spread out between Texas up to Iowa. Bonnie and Clyde had several instances of fleeing from what seemed as the grim reamer awaiting them on there death beds. It wasn’t until several more close encounters and Hoover  with the F.B.I. declaring Frank Hamer to soley dedicate his time and search to Bonnie and Clyde. "Everyone in Texas knew of Frank Hamer. Hamer was a Lone Star Legend, a cantankerous fourty-nine-year-old former Ranger" (Borrough 228), the adventurous search lingered on for time as he drew closer and closer to Bonnie and Clyde. As Frank was in search of the two Bonnie and Clyde their lives were growing shorter by the day as they scooted from city to city and state to state. They called a abandoned home in a Parrish of Louisiana home, the only home they ever knew as there own. In the midst of driving on the back-roads one late night "Bonnie and Clyde were shot down by lawmen in an ambush on May 23, 1934, in rural northwest Louisiana. They died almost literally in one another's arms", this was the end of another fearful clan. The Federal Bureau was slowly eliminating the targets entagled with the criminal wave, hence building a name that would forever last as a dominant force. The image on top shows the ambush captured shortly after their deaths with over 150 bullet holes penetrated into the car and rolled 30 feet into a ditch. Bonnie Parker literally leaning over onto the disarranged body of Clyde Barrow as spectators were said to try to cut to cut Clyde’s ear off and another trying to remove a lock of Bonnie’s hair.

Source Citation 

BROWDER, LAURA. "Bonnie and Clyde (Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow)." Encyclopedia of the Great Depression. Ed. Robert S. McElvaine. Vol. 1. New York: Macmillan Reference USA, 2004. 105-107. Gal
e Virtual Reference Library. Web. 10 May 2011.

Image Source:

Burrough, Bryan. "Ambushes." Public Enemies: America's Greatest Crime Wave and the Birth of the FBI, 1933-34. New York: Penguin, 2004. 166+,288+. Print.

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