013 - PTB discusses high school romance, how everything is bigger in Texas and Bonnie Parker
Born in Rowena Texas in 1910. Her father died in 1914, when Bonnie was four. Her mother moved them to Cement City, an impoverished industrial city.
Met Roy Thorton in her second year of high school and married him. She dropped out of school as well. She got a tattoo of their names on her right thigh to celebrate.
He was abusive and frequently absent. He was also in and out of prison.
Bonny left him and went to work as a waitress in Dallas. She met Clyde when he dropped by the house as she was making hot chocolate. It was love at first sight.
They started robbing banks and Bonnie got caught by the police in 1932. She spent two month in prison where she wrote poetry, including The Trail’s End.
"Some day they'll go down together / And they'll bury them side by side / To few it'll be grief / to the law a relief / but it's death for Bonnie and Clyde.”
She wasn’t convicted because she claimed she was kidnapped.
After this, they began travelling with Raymond Hamilton. He left several months later and was replaced by William Daniel Jones. Clyde’s brother, Ivan M. “Buck” Barrow, and his wife Blanche joined them in 1933.
In June 1933 she was in a car accident and her leg was burned by battery acid. She had to carried for the rest of her life.
The group robbed banks across five state- TX, OK, MI, NM and LA. They robbed 15 banks in total. Bonny was rarely involved in the actual robberies and usually drove the get a away car.
When it was only the two of them they could rob convenience stores.
The public was torn on them, some liked them and saw them as Robin Hood and other’s hated them.
The pair would often take photos and release them to the media.
In July 1933, during a sting operation with the police Buck Barrow was shot and died. Blanche was arrested. Jones was arrested in November 1933.
In November 1933 the duo broke Hamilton out of prisoner, killing two guards in the process.
They died on May 23rd, 1934. The police hired Captain Frank Hamer as a special investigator to find them. He searched for three months before tracing them to LA.
On the 23rd law enforcement hid in bushes outside the hideout. The pair emerges and the cops open fire, killing them instantly.