The star-crossed lovers of the Great Depression, Bonnie and Clyde have been described as probably the most notorious outlaw duo in American history. Often the subject of several films and...
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Bonnie Parker (1910-1934) and Clyde Barrow (1909-1934) were American outlaws and criminals who, with their gang, were responsible for numerous bank robberies, burglaries, and murders during the Great Depression era.
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Bonnie and Clyde met in 1930 and began their life of crime together after Clyde was imprisoned and subsequently broke out with Bonnie’s help.
While they were often glamorized as “Robin Hood” figures, their criminal activities were violent. Their gang was responsible for at least 13 murders, including two policemen, as well as several robberies and burglaries.
Bonnie’s poems and the couple’s pictures found at a hideout gave a personal touch to their story, feeding public fascination. They were often portrayed in the media as romantic rebels, which contributed to their legend, even though the reality was much more violent.
Their crime spree lasted for about four years until they were ambushed and killed by law officers on May 23, 1934, in Bienville Parish, Louisiana.
The tale of Bonnie and Clyde has been adapted into numerous films, songs, and books, making them iconic figures in American pop culture. Their story serves as a testament to the U.S.’s fascination with outlaws and the line between glamorizing criminals and the harsh realities of their actions.