Two Southern criminals. My favorite criminals next to Robin Hood. Who are they? Bonnie and Clyde. Bonnie’s full name was Bonnie Elizabeth Parker. Clyde’s full name was Clyde Chestnut Barrow. They and their gang traveled the U.S. in the Great Depression. Bonnie was married but not to Clyde. Bonnie and her husband, Roy Thornton, were married on September 24, 1926, six days before Bonnie’s 16th birthday. She died with Roy’s wedding ring on her finger.
Here’s a poem that Bonnie wrote.
The Trail’s End
You’ve read the story of Jesse James
of how he lived and died.
If you’re still in need;
of something to read,
here’s the story of Bonnie and Clyde.
Now Bonnie and Clyde are the Barrow gang
I’m sure you all have read.
how they rob and steal;
and those who squeal,
are usually found dying or dead.
There’s lots of untruths to these write-ups;
they’re not as ruthless as that.
their nature is raw;
they hate all the law,
the stool pigeons, spotters and rats.
They call them cold-blooded killers
they say they are heartless and mean.
But I say this with pride
that I once knew Clyde,
when he was honest and upright and clean.
But the law fooled around;
kept taking him down,
and locking him up in a cell.
Till he said to me;
“I’ll never be free,
so I’ll meet a few of them in hell”
The road was so dimly lighted
there were no highway signs to guide.
But they made up their minds;
if all roads were blind,
they wouldn’t give up till they died.
The road gets dimmer and dimmer
sometimes you can hardly see.
But it’s fight man to man
and do all you can,
for they know they can never be free.
From heart-break some people have suffered
from weariness some people have died.
But take it all in all;
our troubles are small,
till we get like Bonnie and Clyde.
If a policeman is killed in Dallas
and they have no clue or guide.
If they can’t find a fiend,
they just wipe their slate clean
and hang it on Bonnie and Clyde.
There’s two crimes committed in America
not accredited to the Barrow mob.
They had no hand;
in the kidnap demand,
nor the Kansas City Depot job.
A newsboy once said to his buddy;
“I wish old Clyde would get jumped.
In these awful hard times;
we’d make a few dimes,
if five or six cops would get bumped”
The police haven’t got the report yet
but Clyde called me up today.
He said,”Don’t start any fights;
we aren’t working nights,
we’re joining the NRA.”
From Irving to West Dallas viaduct
is known as the Great Divide.
Where the women are kin;
and the men are men,
and they won’t “stool” on Bonnie and Clyde.
If they try to act like citizens
and rent them a nice little flat.
About the third night;
they’re invited to fight,
by a sub-gun’s rat-tat-tat.
They don’t think they’re too smart or desperate
they know that the law always wins.
They’ve been shot at before;
but they do not ignore,
that death is the wages of sin.
Some day they’ll go down together
they’ll bury them side by side.
To few it’ll be grief,
to the law a relief
but it’s death for Bonnie and Clyde
Clyde’s favorite weapon was a BAR. While in prison, Clyde chopped off two of his toes so he could go home. It wasn’t worth it because six days later his mother’s plea for him to be released was fulfilled. Bonnie wanted herself and Clyde to be buried together but Bonnie’s mother had a grudge against Clyde for “leading here daughter astray.” While Bonnie was usually present at the crime scenes, she hardly ever was involved. She drove the get away car most of the time. Bonnie wrote a lot of poems in and out of prison. Her dad died when she was six. Bonnie and Clyde met through Clyde’s sister when she broke her arm. Bonnie was making hot chocolate in the kitchen when she and Clyde saw each other. It was love at first sight. When Clyde was imprisoned several weeks later, Bonnie smuggled a gum in to him. He used it to escape. The first time he was arrested he was 17 when he failed to return a rented car. He was arrested again when he was 21 for stealing a car. In 1933, Clyde’s brother Buck was released from prison and joined the gang along with his wife, Blanche. They bought a case of beer every day. Someone called the cops on them because they were suspected of bootlegging. Bonnie never smoked cigars but she did smoke Camel cigarettes. She loved posing for pictures. These pictures glamorized her and made her seem like something she wasn’t.
Bonnie and Clyde didn’t die at the same time. Clyde was instantly killed from a head wound but one of the officers recalled hearing Bonnie scream when she realized Clyde was dead before she was shot, too. She died with her head on Clyde’s shoulder and a half eaten sandwich in her hand.