Bonnie and Clyde: Who they were?

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Bonnie and Clyde

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Bonnie Parker (born in 1910) and Clyde Barrow (born in 1909) were an American criminal couple who traveled the Central United States with their gang during the Great Depression. Often working with confederates, Bonnie and Clyde robbed gas stations, restaurants, and small-town banks.

Bonnie and Clyde met in Texas in January, 1930. At the time, Bonnie was 19 and married to an imprisoned murderer; Clyde was 21 and unmarried. Soon after, he was arrested for a burglary and sent to jail. He escaped; using a gun Bonnie had smuggled to him, was recaptured and was sent back to prison. Clyde was paroled in February 1932, rejoined Bonnie, and resumed a life of crime.

They were believed to have committed crimes in Missouri, Louisiana, Texas, New Mexico and Oklahoma.

Before dawn on May 23, 1934, a posse composed of police officers from Louisiana and Texas, concealed themselves in bushes along the highway near Sailes, Louisiana. In the early daylight, Bonnie and Clyde appeared in an automobile and when they attempted to drive away, the officers opened fire. Bonnie and Clyde were killed instantly.

At the time they were killed in 1934, they were believed to have committed 13 murders (including 9 police officers) and several robberies and burglaries.