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Bonnie Parker

Bank Robber and Outlaw Bonnie Parker

Profession: Bank Robber and Outlaw

United States of America

Biography: One half of the infamous crime duo of Bonnie and Clyde whose crime spree across south west America horrified and fascinated the country.

Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow originally met in 1930 in Texas. Bonnie was 19 and the wife of a convicted imprisoned murderer. Clyde was 21 and imprisoned shortly after for burglary. Bonnie helped him escape before he was recaptured. The pair's real crime spree began after Clyde's release in 1932.

The duo's famous image came from photos discovered after a raid on an apartment in Joplin, Missouri. In one notorious image Bonnie posed with a gun and a cigar in her mouth. The gang escaped back to Texas and began a series of robberies and kidnappings. They came to the attention of the F.B.I in 1933 after they took a stolen car across state lines.

After a police shootout killed Clyde's brother Buck Barrow and captured his wife, Bonnie and Clyde continued on alone, robbing small banks and stores and killing as they went. Together they are thought by the F.B.I. to be responsible for 13 murders, including three police officers.

Texan authorities hired former Texas Ranger Frank Hamer and he and police tracked them down in Louisiana in May 1934. Bonnie and Clyde were finally shot and killed in a police ambush near Sailes, Bienville Parish, Louisiana in 1934. Their fame outlived their deaths, 10,000 people swarmed the funeral parlor to see their bodies and their bullet-riddled car toured the country.

Born: October 1, 1910
Birthplace: Rowena, Texas, USA

Generation: Greatest Generation
Chinese Zodiac: Dog
Star Sign: Libra

Died: May 23, 1934 (aged 23)
Cause of Death: Gunshot wounds after being shot during a police ambush near Sailes, Bienville Parish, Louisiana

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Married Life

  • 1926-09-25 Outlaw Bonnie Parker (15) weds Roy Thornton

Historical Events

  • 1930-01-05 Bonnie Parker meets Clyde Barrow for the first time at Clarence Clay's house
  • 1932-04-19 Bonnie Parker is captured in a failed hardware store burglary, and subsequently jailed. A grand jury fails to indict her, however, and she is released a few months later
  • 1933-06-10 Clyde Barrow and Bonnie Parker flip their car into a ravine. Parker suffers serious third degree burns from the accident which would affect her for the rest of her life.
  • 1933-07-29 Police shootout with Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow's gang in Iowa, leaves one member, Clyde's brother Buck Barrow dead and one captured. Bonnie and Clyde escape.
  • 1933-11-28 A Dallas grand jury delivers a murder indictment against Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow for the January 1933 killing of Tarrant County Deputy Malcolm Davis
  • 1934-04-01 Clyde Barrow kills two young highway patrolmen, H. D. Murphy and Edward Bryant Wheeler, at the intersection of Route 114 near Grapevine, Texas. Bonnie Parker's role in the murders helps turn public perception against the gang for good
  • 1934-05-23 American outlaws Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow - Bonnie and Clyde - are killed by police in an ambush near Sailes, Louisiana

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