Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Baltimore Sun Original Newspaper Photos - Outlaws Bonnie Parker & Clyde Barrow

Bonnie & Clyde
(also find photos of Warren Beatty, Faye Dunaway and Gene Hackman from the 1967 movie Bonnie & Clyde at www.tribunephotos.com)

On May 23, 1934, notorious criminals Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow are shot to death by Texas and Louisiana state police while driving a stolen car near Sailes, Louisiana.

Bonnie Parker met the charismatic Clyde Barrow in Texas when she was 19 years old and her husband (she married when she was 16) was serving time in jail for murder. When Barrow was paroled in 1932, he immediately hooked up with Parker, and the couple began a life of crime together.

After a three-month search, retired Texas police officer Frank Hamer traced the couple to Louisiana, where Henry Methvin's family lived. Before dawn on May 23, Hamer and a group of Louisiana and Texas lawmen hid in the bushes along a country road outside Sailes. When Parker and Barrow appeared, the officers opened fire, killing the couple instantly in a hail of bullets.

All told, the Barrow Gang was believed responsible for the deaths of 13 people, including nine police officers. Parker and Barrow are still seen by many as romantic figures, however, especially after the success of the 1967 film Bonnie and Clyde, starring Faye Dunaway and Warren Beatty.

Police kill famous outlaws Bonnie and Clyde. (2011). The History Channel website. Retrieved 9:36, January 25, 2011, from http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/police-kill-famous-outlaws-bonnie-and-clyde.

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