On The Trail Of Bonnie & Clyde (Hardback)
Then and Now
Bonnie and Clyde were a product of the Depression years when a crime-wave, fuelled by Prohibition, gripped the United States. The Barrow gang lived by robbing banks, stealing cars and holding up stores and filling stations. Clyde personally participated in ten of the twelve murders of which the gang is accused, and he most probably personally pulled the trigger on seven people. Once Clyde had blood on his hands there was no going back, yet his miraculous escapes from police road-blocks and at least six pitched gun-battles earned him a reputation of invincibility. Only through the betrayal of a former gang member were he and his lover gunned down in a carefully staged ambush to bring to an end their two-year crime spree. Separating fact from fiction, this is the first publication which revisits the scenes of all their known and proven crimes across 500,000 miles of the American Midwest and Southwest. Presented in After the Battle's usual 'then and now' format, 70 years on we picture the locations of the robberies and shoot-outs... and seek out graves of those who died... lest their victims be overshadowed and forgotten by the legendary exploits of Bonnie and Clyde.
24th March 1909
Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow formed the famous 'Bonnie and Clyde' duo that traveled the central United States with their gang in the early 1930s, committing robberies of banks, small gas stations and various murders throughout the Great Depression.
1st October 1910
One half of the infamous crime duo of Bonnie and Clyde whose crime spree across south west America horrified and fascinated the country.
5th August 1932
the first time the Barrow gang kills a lawman
Clyde Barrow kills two young highway patrolmen, H. D. Murphy and Edward Bryant Wheeler, at the intersection of Route 114 near Grapevine, Texas.
1st April 1934
Bonnie Parker's role in the murders helps turn public perception against the gang for good.
23rd May 1937
Before dawn on May 23, 1934, a posse composed of police officers from Louisiana and Texas, including Texas Ranger Frank Hamer, concealed themselves in bushes along the highway near Sailes, Louisiana. In the early daylight, Bonnie and Clyde appeared in an automobile and when they attempted to drive away, the officers opened fire. Bonnie and Clyde were killed instantly.