Bonnie & Clyde Love was almost enough !!!

 

Once again we have arrived at Cupids busiest time of year.

                                   

Many of you may automatically think of Romeo & Juliet or maybe even Marie & Tony of Westside Story.          http://www.westsidestory.com/

Here however, at Gangster Squad HQ

we think of Bonnie & Clyde.

Bonnie Elizabeth Parker and Clyde Chestnut Barrow a.k.a. Clyde Champion Barrow were America’s most famous criminals lovers who traveled the central United States

with their gang during the

Great Depression.    

 

Although often depicted as Depression-era Robin Hoods who stole from rich and powerful financial institutions, Bonnie and Clyde staged far more robberies of mom-and-pop gas stations and grocery stores than bank heist.

Often their haul amounted to only $5 or $10.     

 

On May 23, 1934, a six-man posse led by former Texas Ranger captain Frank Hamer ambushed Bonnie and Clyde and pumped more than 130 rounds of steel-jacketed bullets into their stolen Ford V-8 outside Sailes, Louisiana. With acrid gun smoke still lingering in the air, gawkers descended upon the ambush site and attempted to leave with macabre souvenirs from the bodies of the outlaws still slumped in the front seat. According to Jeff Guinn’s book “Go Down Together,” one man tried to cut off Clyde’s ear with a pocket knife and another attempted to sever his trigger finger before the lawman intervened.

One person in the throng however managed to clip locks of Bonnie’s hair and swathes of her blood-soaked dress     

 https://youtu.be/hzNntWE16xo

Although linked in life, Bonnie and Clyde were split in death. While the pair wished to be buried side-by-side, Bonnie’s mother, who had disapproved of her relationship with Clyde, had her daughter buried in a separate Dallas cemetery. Clyde was buried next to his brother Marvin underneath a gravestone with his hand-picked epitaph:

“Gone but not forgotten.”

                      

 There have been two films telling their tragic love story 

The 1967 film Starring Warren Beatty, Faye Dunaway is included in the best 25 Crime Films of all times.   https://www.google.co.uk/#q=bonnie+%26+clyde+film+1967

And a TV Mini Series 2013 that Starring Emile Hirsch and Holliday Grainger 

There have been two films telling their tragic love story and   of course their untimely deaths by police ambush made the front paper of every news paper in America. Th Tv

                         

And the recently made TV series Timeless Series 1 Episode 9 was called The last Ride of Bonnie & Clyde and their love affair.


And of course nemouse books have been written  I even remember reading Burt Hirschfeld’s book and probably still have my copy in the loft.

Jeff Guinn book also published in 1967. 

 

The Ballad of Bonnie and Clyde” recorded by the English R&B singer Georgie Fame. Released as a single, the song reached number one in the UK Singles Chart on 24 January 1968, remaining for one week.

The song reached number seven in the United States later the same year. … Ballad of Bonnie and Clyde” (1967),

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ubOI9yY55JU

 And so the criminal lovers died together in a hail of bullets …

And in doing so they enter the annual of American History…

The final verse Of Trail’s End

A poem written by Bonnie Parker

Some day they’ll go down together;
And they’ll bury them side by side,
To a few it’ll be grief—
To the law a relief—
But it’s death for Bonnie and Clyde.

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