this day in crime history: may 23, 1934

She was an honor student with a talent for creative writing. He was an ex-con and habitual criminal with a preference for Fords and Browning Automatic Rifles. On this date in 1934, Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow were ambushed and gunned down by a posse led by (semi)retired Texas Ranger Frank Hamer.

Further reading:


Wikipedia – Bonnie and Clyde

The Bonnie and Clyde Festival in Gibsland, LA

“The Story of Bonnie and Clyde,” a poem by Bonnie Parker

Frank Hamer at the Texas Ranger Hall of Fame

5 thoughts on “this day in crime history: may 23, 1934

  1. John D.:
    I really enjoyed that History Channel show they had on (a while back) on Bonnie & Clyde. Much better than the movie. Damn shame what happened to them…that was a nice CAR.

    Really gets you thinking how they could have fouind each other, considering thier seemingly OPPOSITE backgrounds. Well, they do say opposites “attract”, and often with volatile consequences.

    Roll safe out there.


  2. I’ve seen a documentary that included an interview with Clyde’s little sister; she adored him and he was quite kind to her. IIRC, he would make her prison jewelery.


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