Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow, who died in a ball hail in 1934, are legendary for their youthful Robin Hood personalities when they stalked the United States during the Great Depression. The two were played to a new generation in Arthur Penn's 1967 film (19459003), Bonnie and Clyde by Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway. The film portrayed the criminal couple as counter-cultural anti-heroes – a perception that has dominated their story ever since. Well, Netflix's new film The Highwaymen aired on March 29th, attempts to score that aura of coolness by focusing on the lawyers who have brought the couple to justice.
Although Bonnie and Clyde's lure is focused on their unfortunate love story, that's not the whole picture. Here are 1
Clyde's early arrests were tame
Clyde grew up as the fifth of seven children in a poor peasant family southeast of Dallas, Texas. As the historian Jeff Guinn tells in : Go Down Together: The True, Unknown Story of Bonnie and Clyde 17-year-old Clyde was first arrested for theft after failing to return a rental car in time. The company got his car back and refused to sue, but only three weeks later Clyde was convinced by his brother to pick up a truckload of turkeys. It turned out that the turkeys were stolen and both brothers were arrested. At least Clyde did not go to jail, but the incident earned him a good reputation.
Two of Clyde's toes were knocked off in jail
. Finally, Clyde went to jail, family and fellow prisoner He said it changed him " from a student to a rattlesnake ," explained a friend. According to Guinn, Clyde committed his first murder while in prison with a guide tube attacking a passenger who sexually assaulted him. Another prisoner serving a life sentence took the blame instead. Later, to avoid compulsory fieldwork, Clyde chopped off his left big toe and part of his second toe.
Bonnie was married – but not with Clyde
Like Clyde, Bonnie grew up in small towns of Texas. A week before her sixteenth birthday, she married Roy Thornton who was often in prison. Bonnie even got a tattoo on her thigh, a pair of red hearts with the inscription "Bonnie" and "Roy". The marriage broke off, but the couple did not divorce.
The couple fell in love at first sight.
The stories of how Bonnie and Clyde met vary. A Parker family report written after her death says that Clyde has visited a friend's house while Bonnie prepares hot chocolate in the kitchen. Others say they met at a party. But almost everyone agrees that they were inseparable from the beginning. One member of her gang formulated it : "Bonnie was like Clyde. They had sand. They wanted to stay free or go down together.
Bonnie and Clyde did not like robbing banks
Bonnie, Clyde, and their Companions began a crime statement from the summer of 1932 to […] In the spring of 1934, they are often associated with other famous outlaws of the time, like bank robber John Dillinger. But the Barrow gang-Clyde was the undisputed leader-found it hard to bother banks too much. Instead, they targeted businesses and gas stations that were less risky. This also means that they did not build up large sums of money and reported cracking chewing gum machines as an additional change, Smithsonian reports.
Bonnie was not a smoking killer with cigar-smoking weapons.
By all accounts, Bonnie had collided with Clyde and was involved in most of the gang's crimes. Newspapers printed sprightly photos of their pose for the camera with a gun and a cigar, but a gang member later said it was all for the show. Bonnie never fired a gun or even smoked cigarettes. According to the FBI archives, Bonnie was a willing accomplice – not a murderer.
Bonnie and Clyde's gang killed only when needed
Bonnie and Clyde were killed by the police, so there is no confirmation of how many people killed them. Historians say the two are responsible for 12 or 13 deaths, while the FBI says, "at least a dozen." Robbery.
Bonnie Were Injured In A Car Accident
After being persecuted by the police for more than a year, Clyde missed a bridge warning while driving in Texas. The car was thrown into a ravine and Bonnie was badly burned. "She was so badly burned that none of us believed she would live," a gang member said according to Cinetropic . She survived, but could hardly walk for the rest of her life.
Clyde's escape from prison was fueled by revenge
Clyde was confessed in Texas at Eastham Prison Farm – which was known as " Bloody Eastham " because of its cruel conditions. Towards the end of the Barrow gang's run, the crew returned to Eastham for a prison break in 1934. Historian John Neal Phillips claimed that Clyde sought revenge on the prison system in Texas.
Bonnie and Clyde knew that they had perished
Bonnie wrote poetry long before she met Clyde and continued to write verses while escaping. The poems are an enlightening window into the thoughts of a woman who has predicted her own fate, as shown in " The End of the Line ".