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Bonnie and Clyde Death Scene (1934)


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  •  “The inevitable end. Retribution. Here is Clyde Barrow and Bonnie Parker, who died as they lived -- by the gun.” 
  •  Guns lean against the back of the car - two sawed-off shotguns, two machine rifles, ten automatic pistols, and 1,500 rounds of ammunition. 
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This footage captures scenes of the aftermath of the shootout with police that killed the infamous outlaw couple, Bonnie and Clyde. Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow, both Texans, met in 1930, fell in love, and went on a three year crime spree that involved many bank robberies and murders, leading the Barrow Gang during the “public enemy era” of American History. They were ambushed and killed on May 23, 1934 by four Texas officers and two Louisiana officers who had been chasing the couple across the country. It is believed the elusive Bonnie and Clyde were shot more than fifty times by the officers with automatic rifles and shotguns, ensuring they would not escape again. Photographs of the good-looking couple found at their hideouts were published by the press, who glamorized their life of crime. The public has remained enamored with Bonnie and Clyde ever since. They have been the subject of multiple movies, the most popular starring Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway, books, and popular culture studies. Barrow and Parker are both buried in Dallas. Please note that this footage contains images that may not be appropriate for young children.
Clyde Chestnut Barrow was born near Telico, Texas on March 24, 1909 and grew up in impoverished conditions. In his teens, he was arrested several times, and he began regularly robbing stores and stealing cars. In 1930, he was sent to Eastham Prison Farm, where he beat an inmate to death who had assaulted him. 
Bonnie Elizabeth Parker was born on October 1, 1910 in Rowena, Texas. Her father died when she was young, and her mother moved the family to a suburb of Dallas. Parker excelled in school and wrote poetry often, but she dropped out to marry Roy Thornton weeks before her 16th birthday. They separated a few years later, but never divorced, and Bonnie went to work as a waitress. 
Bonnie and Clyde met in 1930, and it is believed that Bonnie joined Clyde because she was in love with him.  They began committing small crimes with several other individuals, though Bonnie was not heavily involved in the acts themselves. By 1932, Clyde and his associates had killed several civilians and authority figures and were in and out of jail. The group went into hiding in Joplin, Missouri, but was later ambushed by the police. Amidst gunfire, they were able to escape, as well as kill both a detective and a constable. In the aftermath, photos developed from film left at the hideout were published and brought Bonnie and Clyde national notoriety. 
The Barrow Gang continued their crime spree around Texas and as far north as Minnesota, willing to kidnap or even kill those who got in their way. The manhunt for Bonnie and Clyde came to an end in Bienville Parish, Louisiana on May 23, 1934 when they were several officers opened fire on their car. The two died on the scene.