If I were to tell you about Parker and Barrow you might not know who I was talking about but using their Christian names immediately brings recognition.
Bonnie and Clyde were the leaders of a gang in the 30s Bonnie Parker was born on October 1, 1910 in Rowena Texas; she met Clyde in 1930 sometime after a failed marriage
Bonnie was a chain smoker smoking Camel cigarettes and not the cigar smoker that the then story tellers of the era made her up to be.
Another blown up story was that they were big time bank robbers, but in fact Clyde was a small time robber and preferred to rob small stores and petrol stations.
Clyde Barrow was born on March 24, 1909, he was jailed in Waco just after he met Bonnie in 1930 he escaped when Bonnie smuggled in a gun for him, a week later he was caught again and this time was jailed for 14 years hard labour in Texas but was paroled in 1932
Both Bonnie and Clyde were imprisoned many times before they eventually began their reign of terror
Over the next two years Bonnie and Clyde along with their gang believed to have killed around 9 police officers and many civilians, their gang included
W.Jones, Ralph Fults, Raymond Hamilton and Clyde’s brother Buck Barrow most of the gang members were imprisoned at some time before joining the gang.
After several robberies in Indiana the gang were tracked to a farm in Louisiana where Texas Ranger Francis Hamer and special agent Kindell planned an ambush.
Bonnie and Clyde where caught in the ambush on May 23, 1934 and both were killed in a blaze of gunfire, pictures were taken at the spot and appeared in newspapers, their bodies were put on public display.
Folk law surrounding Bonnie and Clyde spawned many songs from many artists including, Serge Gainsbourg with Brigitte Bardot, in 1967, Georgie Fame released a single called “The Ballad of Bonnie and Clyde” this reached the number one spot in the UK hit parade, the first lines went.
You’ve read the story of Jesse James–
Of how he lived and died;
If you’re still in need
Of something to read
Here’s the story of Bonnie and Clyde.
Now Bonnie and Clyde are the Barrow gang.
I’m sure you all have read
How they rob and steal
And those who squeal
Are usually found dying or dead.
Lester Flatt and Earl Scruggs released a vinyl in 1968, with many more following them.
Films were also made highlighting the exploits of Bonnie and Clyde including a 1967 film called “Bonnie and Clyde” starring Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway.