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Bonnie & Clyde: The Beginning of the End

Updated: Jul 13


Our tale has ended. Their deaths were gruesome, and marred with a lot of awful mistakes and wrongdoings. Their story is interesting, and hard to hear, but with it we can learn from their mistakes. For example, what not to do if we rob a bank... Not that we have any plans to do so!


Bonnie playfully points a shotgun at Clyde




The "risque" picture that newspapers used to show that Bonnie was a hardened criminal who smoked cigars.

Newspaper headlines about the gang (left)


A wanted poster of Bonnie & Clyde (above)

Joplin Hideout where the gang stayed for awhile, and was later in a big shoot out with police. (left)

Pictured is Blanche's capture, not shown is her husband Buck Barrow. Who had previously been shot in the head and back.

Henry Methvin, the man who sold them out. Although he was pardoned in Texas, he was NOT in Louisiana. He was arrested and served jail time.


The "Death Car". As shown, bullet holes cover the car. You can see Bonnie slumped over dead. Frank Hamer and pose divvied up all of Bonnie and Clyde's possessions amongst themselves.


Two markers stand where Bonnie and Clyde were killed, memorializing that fateful day.




Crown Hill Memorial Park, Bonnie Parker's final resting place.

A large mausoleum in Crown Hill Park


Bonnie Parker's grave




People often leave things on Bonnie's grave. Shotgun shells, scrunchies, lipstick, pennies, flowers, and empty shot bottles.

Buried next to Bonnie is her mother, Emma Parker



Western Heights Cemetery, where Clyde

Barrow and his brother Buck are buried. (below)

A small brick path leads to the Barrow plot


Many people leave Clyde's favorite brand of cigarette and bullets on the Barrow grave.


Western Heights Cemetery, the surrounding grounds.

Grape Hyacinth grows all over this cemetery,

making it look peaceful and beautiful.






Sources:


  • Barrow, Blanche Caldwell and John Neal Phillips. My Life with Bonnie and Clyde. (Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 2004.) ISBN 978-0-8061-3715-5.

  • Burrough, Bryan. Public Enemies. (New York: The Penguin Press, 2004.) ISBN 1-59420-021-1.

  • Guinn, Jeff. Go Down Together: The True, Untold Story of Bonnie and Clyde. (New York: Simon & Schuster, 2009.) ISBN 1-4165-5706-7.

  • Knight, James R. and Jonathan Davis. Bonnie and Clyde: A Twenty-First-Century Update. (Austin, TX: Eakin Press, 2003.) ISBN 1-57168-794-7.

  • Milner, E.R. The Lives and Times of Bonnie and Clyde (Carbondale and Edwardsville: Southern Illinois University Press, 1996.) ISBN 0-8093-2552-7.

  • Parker, Emma Krause, Nell Barrow Cowan and Jan I. Fortune. The True Story of Bonnie and Clyde. (New York: New American Library, 1968.) ISBN 0-8488-2154-8. Originally published in 1934 as Fugitives.

  • Phillips, John Neal. Running with Bonnie and Clyde, the Ten Fast Years of Ralph Fults. (Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 1996, 2002) ISBN 0-8061-3429-1.

  • Ramsey, Winston G., ed. On The Trail of Bonnie and Clyde. (London: After The Battle Books, 2003). ISBN 1-870067-51-7.

  • Steele, Phillip, and Marie Barrow Scoma. The Family Story of Bonnie and Clyde. (Gretna, LA: Pelican Publishing Company, 2000.) ISBN 1-56554-756-X.

  • Treherne, John. The Strange History of Bonnie and Clyde. (New York: Stein and Day, 1984.) ISBN 0-8154-1106-5.

  • Webb, Walter Prescott. The Texas Rangers: A Century of Frontier Defense. (Austin: University of Texas Press, 1935.) ISBN 0-292-78110-5.

  • Boessenecker, John. Texas Ranger: The Epic Life of Frank Hamer, the Man Who Killed Bonnie and Clyde. (New York: Thomas Dunn Books, 2016.) ISBN 978-1-250-06998-6.


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