DEAD: Bonnie and Clyde

DEAD: ON THIS DATE

Bonnie and Clyde
American bank robbers

Bonnie Elizabeth Parker (October 1, 1910 – May 23, 1934) and Clyde Chestnut Barrow (March 24, 1909 – May 23, 1934) were American criminals who traveled the Central United States with their gang during the Great Depression, known for their bank robberies—although they preferred to rob small stores or rural gas stations. Their exploits captured the attention of the American public during the “Public Enemy Era” between 1931 and 1934, and they are believed to have killed at least nine police officers and several civilians.

DEATH: Barrow and Parker were killed on Wednesday, May 23, 1934 on a rural road in Bienville Parish, Louisiana. Texas officers Frank Hamer, B.M. “Maney” Gault, Bob Alcorn, and Ted Hinton, and Louisiana officers Henderson Jordan and Prentiss Morel Oakley formed the posse. Hamer led the posse, and he had begun tracking them on February 12, 1934. He studied the gang’s movements and found that they swung in a circle skirting the edges of five midwestern states, exploiting the “state line” rule which prevented officers from pursuing a fugitive into another jurisdiction. Barrow was consistent in his movements, so Hamer charted his path and predicted where he would go. The gang’s itinerary centered on family visits, and they were due to see Methvin’s family in Louisiana.

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