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Today in history:

Today in history:

Clyde Barrow and Bonnie Parker. The criminal lovers' 21-month crime spree ended in a hail of bullets 80 years ago, on May 23, 1934.

According to one of the links below "On May 23, 1934, a six-man posse led by former Texas Ranger captain Frank Hamer ambushed Bonnie and Clyde and pumped more than 130 rounds of steel-jacketed bullets into their stolen Ford V-8 outside Sailes, Louisiana. With acrid gunsmoke still lingering in the air, gawkers descended upon the ambush site and attempted to leave with macabre souvenirs from the bodies of the outlaws still slumped in the front seat. According to Jeff Guinn’s book “Go Down Together,” one man tried to cut off Clyde’s ear with a pocket knife and another attempted to sever his trigger finger before the lawmen intervened. One person in the throng however managed to clip locks of Bonnie’s hair and swathes of her blood-soaked dress.

Following the ambush of Bonnie and Clyde, a Louisiana sheriff who was a member of Hamer’s six-man posse claimed the pockmarked Ford V-8 sedan, still coated with the outlaws’ blood and tissue. A federal judge, however, ruled that the automobile stolen by Bonnie and Clyde should return to its former owner, Ruth Warren of Topeka, Kansas. Warren leased and eventually sold the car to Charles Stanley, an anti-crime lecturer who toured fairgrounds with the “death car” and the mothers of Bonnie and Clyde in tow as sideshow attractions. Still speckled with bullet holes, the “death car” is now an attraction in the lobby of Whiskey Pete’s Casino in Primm, Nevada, a small resort town on the California border 40 miles south of Las Vegas.

Although linked in life, Bonnie and Clyde were split in death. While the pair wished to be buried side-by-side, Bonnie’s mother, who had disapproved of her relationship with Clyde, had her daughter buried in a separate Dallas cemetery. Clyde was buried next to his brother Marvin underneath a gravestone with his hand-picked epitaph: “Gone but not forgotten.”

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{It seems many gangsters of the depression era were well respected by many in the general population. None more so than Bonnie & Clyde and John Dillinger. America has always had a love affair with "the bad guys" whether it was Billy the Kid or Wyatt Earp, Al Capone or Bugsy Siegel and a whole assortment of thugs and cut-throats. Movies and television series continue the glorification of these outlaws to this very day.

During the depression these hoodlums often robbed banks and many people hated the banks and blamed them for taking away their land or livelihood. Some of the robbers played "Robin Hood" and actually gave stolen money to the poor. It all helped to make them hero's in the minds of many.

Its thought that Bonnie never killed anyone and that Clyde killed as many as six lawmen who tried to capture them [see link] but there is little doubt that the ambush that killed them was little better than a massacre. Over 130 round of steel-jacketed bullets cut the two desperadoes to pieces. Bonnie was 24 and Clyde was 25 when they were killed. Their crime spree lasted for less than two years. They died 80 years ago today.}

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5/23/2014, 12:34 pm Link to this post PM Noserose

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