Bonnie and Clyde are one iconic duo. Yes, after all these years, they still are a supreme power couple.
Also, they are one of the most romanticized criminals in the whole history of the USA. The symbol of true love. The love that stays strong despite all odds.
And we surely remember them from the cult Bonnie and Clyde movie that Arthur Penn directed back in 1967. A true classic that won 2 Oscars.
Moreover, Faye Dunnaway and Warren Beatty did a marvelous job depicting these two underground outcasts. But the most interesting detail here is that this story is not some fiction fantasy that the writer and director invented.
Bonnie and Clyde existed. Oh, they were as real as a bright new day.
And we're sure that you're eager to read their story and learn something new about them. Hop in! We're about to evoke their bank-robbing adventurous tour.
Without robbing any banks along the way, for sure.
Bonnie And Clyde As We Know Them From The Cult Movie
Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow were two young people coming from Texas.
At first glance, both of them were pretty mediocre. Bonnie was into poetry. During her school years, she attended creative writing classes. That girl surely knew to work her magic through the power of words. Drowned into her favorite fashion magazines, nobody ever suspected that Bonnie had a bad girl vibe deep inside her.
And Clyde was a handsome young man (of course he was, we're talking about the 1930s where every man in this world looked smokin' hot), who once had a dream to join the Navy.
Unfortunately, the deep-rooted consequences of an illness that he suffered as a child were the reason why he got rejected from there.
Clyde had a talent. He was from a poor farmer's family, and music was everything he needed to have a good day. He learned to play the saxophone all by himself, and if things were a bit different, this guy might have ended up as a musician.
Although the description doesn't give any criminal vibes, believe it when they say - Bonnie & Clyde were the ultimate outlawed duo.
Power Couple Since Day One
Maybe people like them are appealing to us because they're forbidden. Or because we know that they are criminals and do things that are far from good. So, our moral compass screams in terror and takes out the holy water to kill the filthy thoughts, wishes, and fantasies.
Bad thoughts, bad thoughts, go away. You're not welcome here to stay.
However, nobody can say that they weren't the power couple of their time.
Chased by the police and fooling around with guns, killing people, and lighting cigars to enjoy their break, they were the villains we secretly admired.
Handsome, young, and fearless, they knew that people would grow a soft spot for them. And who wouldn't? We like them fierce couples, right?
Why Were Bonnie And Clyde Idolized?
The most frequent question related to Bonnie & Clyde is this.
It's natural to wonder what made them so likable to many people that tried to stay updated with their crimes and secretly rooted for them.
Why everybody idolized Bonnie & Clyde? Was there something else besides the bank robbing and car wrecking?
It sounds a bit cliche, but honestly, women have always loved the bad boys.
But then again - who doesn't swoon when their eyes cross with a mischievous grin of a bad boy? Villains have something that runs through their bloodstream. And that special something makes them what they are - desirable.
Bonnie was such a babe too. Don't let the baby face fool you - she was a viper hidden in a lamb's skin. But not the Evil Queen kind of viper. She was just a woman in love that had the feeling that Clyde was IT. Her one true love.
A Summary Of Bonnie And Clyde's Story
Who were Bonnie and Clyde, but for real? Were they some criminals who got together along the way and continued working together? Or was there something deeper going on between them?
Bonnie and Clyde were both in their early twenties. Their best years and their time were yet to come.
But was it like that?
One would think that they were high school sweethearts or something. But in reality, the situation was slightly different.
Bonnie Parker was already married to another man. And Clyde Barrow was a criminal long before he met the love of his life and his partner in crime.
The partners in crime met in 1930 when Bonnie was 19-years-old. Clyde was a bit older, and he was only 21. But this was far from gangsta paradise. Shortly after they met, Clyde got arrested for a crime that he previously committed.
It was about renting a car and not giving it back, so he got two years in prison for committing such a crime.
The Other Side Of Bonnie And Clyde
Thinking that the gangster paradise ended when Clyde got to jail?
Ha, think again! It was the beginning of everything.
The Great Depression was a vigorous period for all who lived in the USA.
But despite the miserable life and unfortunate destinies, this era made Bonnie and Clyde rising stars.
Bonnie got involved in plotting a plan that would get Clyde out of jail. And with a teeny-tiny help from his new sweetheart, he was out of the jail cell in a New York minute.
She would do anything for him, and he would give his life for her too. It was love like no poet had described in books before.
All in all, they were a young couple that fell in love at the right time but ended up doing the wrong things. Whether it was for fun, adrenaline, or something else, we will never know.
Going Down Together
The minute when Clyde got out of prison, they both knew that their life would move closer to the danger zone.
They started committing modest crimes at local grocery stores and gas stations. But everything intensified in 1932 after one of Clyde's accomplices killed the owner of a store they robbed.
So his outcast life as an outlaw has begun. And he decided to take Bonnie on this adventurous ride with him, down to the chambers of the dark world he chose.
Bonnie and Clyde were keeping everything down and subtle. But secrets can't be kept forever, can they? So, unintentionally and unplanned, they started getting more attention the following year.
In 1933, the couple got involved in a shootout in Missouri. And it ended with two dead police officers. Authorities were all over the place, ready to start digging the dirt and finding stronger leads on the case.
It wasn't very long until all newspapers in the USA got crammed with Bonnie and Clyde's pictures.
The attention they deserved had finally got on stage, and the police were eager to track them down.
How Did Bonnie And Clyde Die?
During their two-year road trip, Bonnie and Clyde had killed at least 13 people.
Deep in the night of May 21, 1934, the posse of six police officers from Louisiana and Texas made the final and fatal move that resulted in a checkmate.
Bonnie and Clyde's two-year ride across the USA gave them enough time to get all details and evidence they needed. But to catch these criminals seemed impossible.
Until a bright idea was born: place the bait, and all fish will come to the party.
And they did it by the book.
The digging helped them to uncover a great accomplice of Bonnie and Clyde - Henry Methvin. He was living in Bienville Parish with his family.
If only Bonnie and Clyde knew that he was going to be their ending…
Dead In Their Stolen Car: The Ending Of Bonnie And Clyde
The police had a presumption: if these three were separated, at some point, they would surely appear near to the Methvin house.
Then, they made a deal with Henry Methvin's father, who also knew Bonnie and Clyde. He was their man, the bait they needed to catch the big fish. And he was supposed to wait on the side of the road.
So, the clock started ticking.
After a long and exhausting wait, Bonnie and Clyde's Ford V8 showed on the radar. They had no idea about the intentions of the authorities.
And they were caught by surprise.
However, all odds seemed in the authorities' favor when the car of Bonnie and Clyde pulled over to talk with Methvin's father.
But when a logging truck appeared on that side of the street, the police officers decided not to play with faith, and they broke the promise that they will keep Bonnie and Clyde alive.
It was now or never. And they started firing their guns.
Clyde got shot in the head right away. And knowing that she was next, Bonnie started to scream.
The police kept the guns firing. They ended up spending all their supplies of ammunition.
In the end, when the smoke settled down, they saw that both of them were finally dead. Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow died that night in the Bienville Parish. Bonnie was only 23 years old when she died, and Clyde had 24.
Who Killed Bonnie And Clyde Is The Million Dollar Question
The men who caught and killed Bonnie and Clyde were Frank Hamer and Maney Gault. They never wanted that much attention, so they tried to stay away from media and lay low.
Both of them had quite a reputation in the investigation area. Although they struggled to collect all evidence and traces that will lead them to the bullseye, a.k.a catching Bonnie and Clyde, their strategic approach to the case won them a victory.
Hamer never wanted to kill them. He wanted to keep them alive as long as possible. But things don't always follow the route we had planned for them.
The investigators had the outlaws on their radar, but when a logging truck suddenly appeared out of nowhere, they needed to adapt to the circumstances and improvise.
So, between choosing whether to leave them, get away, and kill them, they chose the second.
And finally, this is how Bonnie and Clyde's crime and murder spree came to an end.
The Death Of Bonnie And Clyde Was Shown Through Pictures And Videos
Bonnie and Clyde's death resulted in colossal chaos everywhere.
The place where they were killed became an attraction for all people who wanted to know more about them. Many curious people wanted to get there and take or cut off something that belonged to Bonnie or Clyde.
But without any doubt, the photos of their dead bodies were the favorite topic for discussion throughout the whole USA.
Morbid, bloody, and ghoulish, these photos were everywhere you could imagine them to be.
Is The Bonnie And Clyde Death Car For Sale?
The car that Bonnie and Clyde died in was a stolen car that they drove around with.
It was massacred and showered in bullets. Moreover, the layers of blood and tissue were still visible.
However, the federal judge that worked on this case ruled that the car needed to be brought back to its previous owner. But Ruth Warren of Topeka never kept her car.
Instead, Ruth sold the Ford V-8 sedan to Charles Stanley, who was an anti-crime lecturer. He was obsessed with this case, and he often made tours with all other curious souls like him and showed them the places Bonnie and Clyde visited. He also made tours to the place where the massacre happened or interviewed Bonnie and Clyde's mothers.
Getting the car where Bonnie and Clyde died was like hitting the jackpot for him.
These days, Bonnie and Clyde's death car is still an attraction for everyone interested in their case. You can find it placed in the lobby of Whiskey Pete's Casino in Primm, Nevada.
Is it up for sale?
We're not sure, but in case you're wondering about its authenticity after all these years, then yes. It still has the bullet holes and all other flaws as a result of the chase.
More Interesting Things You May Not Know About Bonnie And Clyde
There are many controversial stories that people still retell about this famous couple.
Coming from sources close to the couple, or evidence that authorities had found in their hideout, most of these facts are nothing but true.
Bonnie wasn't into smoking cigars. Although the most famous picture of her shows her smoking a cigar, Bonnie wasn't their fan. She and Clyde liked smoking cigarettes, and Camel was their favorite brand.
Banks weren't Bonnie & Clyde's specialty. They were into robing smaller grocery stores. Banks were never their main target even though all people think that they were banks robbers only.
Bonnie and Clyde weren't buried together. One of their biggest wishes was to be buried one next to another. But their families never allowed this to happen.
People tried to cut off parts of Bonnie and Clyde's bodies after their death. When Bonnie and Clyde were shot dead, people went crazy about everything related to them; seeing their dead bodies in the morgue, visiting the place where they died, exploring places they visited. It was crazy!
Bonnie never divorced her ex-husband. She had a ring on her finger when she met Clyde, but her marriage wasn't a reason to stay away from him. It was love at first sight, and she didn't have an intention to live without the love of her life. So, she just went with Clyde without having regrets for her fallen marriage.
True or false, these stories about them are addictive as chocolate.
Have you heard something else about Bonnie and Clyde that deserves to be shared? Feel free to spill the tea.
Also, don't forget to check the Netflix movie about the chase of Bonnie and Clyde, The Highwaymen, with Kevin Costner in one of the main roles.