Bonnie and Clyde

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Bonnie and Clyde
Bonnie Elizabeth Parker
BirthplaceRowena, Texas

Bonnie and Clyde,

Bonnie Parker, 1910–34, b. Rowena, Tex., and Clyde Barrow, 1909–34, b. Tellice, Tex., notorious American criminals during the Great DepressionGreat Depression,
in U.S. history, the severe economic crisis generally considered to have been precipitated by the U.S. stock-market crash of 1929. Although it shared the basic characteristics of other such crises (see depression), the Great Depression was unprecedented in its
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. Joining forces in 1932, they traveled the Southwest and Midwest in a 21-month crime spree, robbing small-town restaurants, gas stations, grocery stores, and banks; stealing cars; killing more than 10; and participating in several shoot-outs with police. Part of the time they were joined by Barrow's older brother, his wife, and other outlaws. In Louisiana, on May 23, 1934, Bonnie and Clyde were were ambushed in their car by police; both were shot and killed. Their activities were widely publicized, and the couple was both vilified and glamorized in contemporary reports; they became folk heroes for some. Their fame was renewed by Arthur PennPenn, Arthur Hiller,
1922–2010, American director, brother of Irving Penn, b. Philadelphia; studied Black Mountain College and the Actors' Studio, Los Angeles. Penn, who often dealt with themes of alienation in American life, began directing dramas for live television
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's fictionalized and largely sympathetic 1967 film version of their story.


See studies by N. A. DeFord (1968), E. R. Milner (1996), G. Shelton (1997), J. Treherne (2000), P. W. Steele and M. Barrow Scoma (2000), J. R. Knight and J. Davis (2003), B. C. Barrow and J. N. Phillips (2004), J. Guinn (2009), and P. Schneider (2009).

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Bonnie and Clyde

(Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow) bank robbers and killers (1930s). [Am. Hist.: Worth, 35]
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Bonnie and Clyde

See Barrow, Clyde.
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Part of the larger Barrow gang, after 102 days Hamer's detective work led him to a "mail drop" by that dusty highway in Louisiana where the outlaws would meet their violent end.
In the 1967 film, Hamer is seen being humiliatingly captured by the Barrow Gang before he then hunts them down for revenge.
The latter character was, for movie purposes, a fictionalized blend of long-time Barrow Gang members, such as W.D.
It was he who had arranged, doubtless choking down his own distaste, for prosecution to be waived against Barrow Gang member Henry Methvin if he and his father could set up Bonnie and Clyde.
Bonnie was also conscious of the Barrow gang's image, asking members to please explain that despite an iconic photo with a cigar, she did not smoke.
"Fort Worth author and journalist Jeff Guinn dispels most of the romantic myths in an embracing biography of the Barrow Gang that draws us in like an old wanted poster.
Clyde Barrow (Warren Beatty) and Bonnie Parker (Faye Dunaway) wreak havoc across Middle America as the gun-toting Barrow Gang, which also includes Clyde's brother Buck (Gene Hackman) and his annoying sweetheart Blanche (Estelle Parsons).
Bonnie's role in the Barrow Gang crimes has long been a source of controversy, with gang members saying they never saw her fire a single shot.
Integral to the success of their gangs, they made good money, lived fast lives, and were committed to a code of female honor which penalized "snitches" and "stool pigeons." This study focuses on molls who were members of three prominent gangs of the period: the Dillinger mob of southern Indiana; the Barrow gang (otherwise known as Bonnie and Clyde) of western Texas; and the Barker-Karpis gang of northeastern Oklahoma.
Others show the car they died in, and members of the Barrow gang led by the couple.
What we do know is that, in the words of the FBI, the Barrow gang carried out a "violent crime spree across the Midwest that included auto theft, bank robbery, theft from the federal government, and the murder of more than a dozen people, including many law enforcement officers" in 1930s America.