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Genealogy of Bonnie and Clyde

The following newspaper articles are clippings extracted from The Dallas Dispatch.

TRAGEDYMARKED PAIR PLAYED AS KIDS TOGETHER
Bonnie and Clyde Grew Up in West Dallas, Along With Ray Hamilton.
PRISONED FOR AUTO THEFT
After Escape and Recapture, Won Parole From Gov. Sterling in 1932.
     

     From a sneak thief who stole automobiles to the most notorious killer in the history of southwest outlaws was the road traveled by Clyde Barrow before he met death ignominiously today in Louisiana.
     Barrow, as a boy, was never the sort of boy who was content to play baseball on the corner lot, fly kites with the other kids.  Long before he had reached his 20's he was already sneaking from the beat cop, looking for something he could pick up and sell.  He grew up in West Dallas.  One of his neighbors was a kid know as Bonnie Parker, who later grew up to join Clyde in a campaign of murder and robbery such as Texas had never before witnessed.
     Their story proper began in 1929 when Barrow met Bonnie, then a waitress in a cafe.  Altho they had grown up as neighbors in West Callas, they had not been closely connected.  Barrow and his pal, Ray Hamilton, at that time had already been engaged in a good deal of petty theft.
     In the spring of 1930, Clyde was arrested in Waco for automobile theft.  He was sentenced to prison, escaped jail and was captured four days later in Middletown, Ohio.
     He was promptly returned to the state penitentiary at Huntsville to serve his term.
     At that time Clyde's brother, Buck, later shot and killed, had a criminal record longer than Clyde's.  So while Clyde was locked up in prison, Buck Barrow and his wife, Blanche, teamed up with Bonnie Parker and Ray Hamilton, continued their career of crime.
     It was while this quartet was roaming the highways that Clyde's gray-haired mother, Mrs. Cumie F. Barrow, appealed to Gov. Sterling for clemency.  Clyde's record at the time was not so bad.  On Feb. 2, 1932, Gov. Sterling gave Clyde a parole.
     Trouble started almost immediately.  Clyde joined Bonnie and Hamilton and on April 30 they robbed J. N. Bucher's store in Hillsboro.  Bucher was shot to death.
     In quick succession there followed the robbery of a Dallas store and the robbery of a packing house here.  In mid-summer, having completely evaded officers, the trio turned up at a dance in Atoka, Okla.  They wanted to do a little dancing.  Deputy Sheriff E. C. Moore tried to question them.  He was shot to death.  Sheriff C. G. Maxwell was badly wounded.  The triumvirate got away.
     From that point on the record reads like a bad dream.  The trio kidnaped a deputy in Carlsbad, N. M., released him in San Antonio.  A few days later they had gun battles with deputies in Wharton and Victoria, Texas, wounding a deputy.  They murdered Howard Hall, 67, a butcher, in a holdup.  Clyde is said to have fired three additional bullets into the body of the dead man.
     Then, temporarily, they parted.  Clyde and Ray had a row over Bonnie's affections.  Hamilton, sore, went off with another thug named Gene O'Dare.  It was this friend's wife who Hamilton later traveled with.
Bonnie with her famous cigar, seemed to like having her photo taken with her guns. 
(Corbis)
     Meanwhile Clyde and Bonnie continued on their lawless way.  They killed Doyle Johnson while stealing an auto.  Surrounded by Dallas deputies in a house near Dallas, they shot their way out, killing Deputy Sheriff Malcolm Davis and making their escape.
     Then Buck Barrow, who had got into prison again, drew a pardon from Gov. Miriam Ferguson.  Buck and his wife, Blanche, joined Clyde and Bonnie.  The four were trapped in a house at Joplin, Mo., shot their way out after apparently being hopelessly surrounded.  In the gun battle they killed Constable J. W. Harryman and Detective Harry McGinnis.  In the house afterward detectives found a poem Bonnie had written about herself.  She called it "Suicide Sal."  They found photos and cigars Bonnie had been smoking.  From then on she was known as "Suicide Sal."
     On Jan. 16, 1934, Clyde and Bonnie effected the rescue of their friend, Raymond Hamilton.  Guards a the Huntsville prison farm took a group of prisoners out to cut wood.  Clyde and Bonnie, armed with machine guns lay in ambush.  Maj. Crawson, one of the guards, dropped to the ground, dead.  Hamilton jumped into the Barrow car, sped away with his two confederates.
     A few days later they shot their way out of a trap at Reed Springs, Mo.  They were soon after blamed for six bank robberies in Texas, Kansas and Iowa.  A total of $94,000 was taken in these robberies.  They took to separating occasionally, Bonnie always going with Clyde and Hamilton being the lone wolf.  In the end, however, they always joined forces.
     The four continued roving.  There was a bank robbery and kidnaping, another kidnaping and a bank robbery, then an encounter with officers at Alma, Ark.  Marshall Elmer D. Humphrey was shot and killed.  The two brothers beat and criminally assaulted Mrs. Harry F. Rogers, a farmer's wife, near Winslow, Ark., shot their way out of a trap at Platt City, Mo., got trapped again in the woods near Dexter, Iowa.
     Here a battle resulted.  Clyde and Bonnie escaped but Buck and Blanche were captured.  Buck died an hour later from gunshot wounds.  Blanche was sentenced to prison for 10 years.
     Following the killing of two state highway officers near Grapevine on Easter Sunday, the entire police and sheriff's forces of the state started an intensive hunt for the trio.  Rewards for their capture, dead or alive, mounting rapidly.
 
"Kill Another."
On April 6, a car got stuck in the mud near Commerce, Okla.  Police Chief Percy Boyd and Constable Cal Campbell went to the scene.  Campbell was killed.  Boyd was wounded and kidnaped, released near Fort Scott, Kas.
     The trail was lost again.
     Then followed the capture of Hamilton near Lewisville about three weeks ago.  Bonnie and Clyde wrote a letter to the district attorney's office here, absolving themselves of the Grapevine murders.
     For two months Sheriff Smoot Schmid had two deputies, Ted Hinton and Bob Alcorn, on the trail of Bonnie and Clyde.  Early Wednesday the desperadoes went down in death, perforated with bullets......the same death they had ruthlessly dealt out to 12 victims.

 

 
 
Bonnie and Clyde horsing aournd
Bonnie & Clyde
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