Bonnie Elizabeth Parker and Clyde Chestnut or Champion Barrow were American criminals who traveled in the central United States with their gang during the Great Depression, robbing people and killing when cornered or confronted. At times, the gang included his older brother Buck Barrow and his wife Blanche and five others. Their exploits captured the attention of the American public during the “Public Enemy Era” between 1931 and 1935 during their travels from Texas north to Oklahoma and Missouri to Minnesota, east to Iowa and Indiana and west to Colorado before their end in Louisiana.
(Caption of photo: Bonnie and Clyde in March 1933 in a photo found by police at the Joplin, Missouri hideout)
Though known today for their dozen-or-so bank robberies, the two preferred to rob small stores or rural gas stations. The gang is believed to have killed at least nine police officers and several civilians. The couple were eventually ambushed and killed by law officers this date in 1934 near the town of Sailes, in Bienville Parish, Louisiana. Their reputation was revived and cemented in American pop folklore by Arthur Penn’s 1967 film Bonnie and Clyde, portrayed by Faye Dunaway and Warren Beatty.
Even during their lifetimes, their depiction in the press was at considerable odds with the hardscrabble reality of their life on the road, especially for Bonnie Parker. She was present at a hundred or more felonies during the two years she was Barrow’s companion, but she was not a machine gun-wielding killer as depicted in the newspapers, newsreels, and pulp detective magazines of that time. Gang member W. D. Jones later testified he could not recall ever having seen her shoot at a law officer. Bonnie’s reputation as a cigar-smoking gun moll grew out of a playful snapshot police found at an abandoned hideout. Eventually, the cold-bloodedness of the gang’s killings soured the public perception of the outlaws, and led to their ends. (from Wikipedia)