Bonnie Parker

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“If a policeman is killed in Dallas, and they have no clue or guide, if they can’t find a friend, just wipe the slate clean, and hang it on Bonnie and Clyde.” -Bonnie Parker. The criminal outlaw duo Bonnie and Clyde, who also became known as The Barrow Gang, became notorious for their two year crime spree during the Great Depression and were made famous by their actions. Bonnie Parker was part of this duo and played a role in altering the image of women, which was already taking place during this time, by proving that even a woman can become a famous outlaw. Bonnie Parker was born to Henry and Emma Parker on October 1, 1910 in Rowena, Texas. Her father died in 1914, and Mr. and Mrs. Edward Krouse, Bonnie's maternal grandparents, who lived in a suburb of Dallas called Cement City, encouraged the family to come live with them. Before his death, her father worked as a brick mason, and her mother was a housewife. As a child, she was an honor student at her school, writing poetry, and participating in many spelling bees. Standing at only 4’11 and weighing a mere 85 pounds, her future life as a legendary criminal was in no way predictable. In 1926, Bonnie married Roy Thorton, her long time sweetheart. They were married for several years and suffered a troublesome marriage. She was finally able to separate from Thorton after he was sent to prison; they never official divorced. Bonnie met Clyde Barrow in 1930 and her life of crime began after she smuggled a pistol into Barrows’ jail cell and aided in his escape. Over the next couple years, Bonnie and Clyde went on a rampage of robbery and murder which stretched across many states including Texas, Missouri, Illinois, Oklahoma, Kansas, Iowa, New Mexico, and Arkansas all the while staying loyal to each other. Bonnie and Clyde were gunned down on May 23, 1934 in Black Lake, Louisiana after driving into a trap set by the police.

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