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Clyde Barrow

Bank Robber and Outlaw Clyde Barrow

Full Name: Clyde Champion Barrow
Profession: Bank Robber and Outlaw

United States of America

Biography: 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.

Barrow was born into a poor farming family in Texas. He began cracking safes, robbing stores and breaking into cars in his late teens and early 20s, and met Bonnie Parker in 1930. He was sent to prison for theft. Here committed his first murder of a fellow inmate who repeatedly sexually assaulted him, and had an inmate chop off two of his toes to avoid hard labor. When he was released in 1932, he started a gang with various people, including Parker and his elder brother Buck.

The duo became known for bank robberies but preferred robbing small gas stations and rural stores. They became the face of the 'public enemy' era in the United States, and their exploits were captured by the press, various pulp fiction magazines and newsreels.

Bonnie and Clyde were eventually ambushed and shot dead by police on May 23, 1934, ending their years of crime.

Born: March 24, 1909
Birthplace: Ellis County, Texas, USA

Generation: Greatest Generation
Chinese Zodiac: Rooster
Star Sign: Aries

Died: May 23, 1934 (aged 25)
Cause of Death: Gunshot wounds

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Historical Events

  • 1930-01-05 Bonnie Parker meets Clyde Barrow for the first time at Clarence Clay's house
  • 1932-08-05 Clyde Barrow and two associates kill Sheriff C.G. Maxwell and his deputy, Eugene C. Moore, the first time the Barrow gang kills a lawman
  • 1933-01-06 Clyde Barrow kills Tarrant County Deputy Sheriff Malcolm Davis after walking into a trap set for another criminal
  • 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