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William Daniel "W.D." Jones
Birth: May 15, 1916
Death: Aug. 20, 1974

Criminal. William Jones was born to a poor family, his sharecropper father moving them all to Dallas in 1921 where Jones met and became friends with Clyde Barrow, who was seven years his senior. When Clyde left town to begin his criminal career, William stayed behind, learning the "trade" on his own by stealing cars and working for bootleggers. Clyde returned home during Christmas 1930 with his new girlfriend Bonnie, met up with his childhood buddy and asked him to keep watch over their car while the two slept. The next morning, Jones did some quick repairs on the car and accepted Clyde's offer to ride with them. In a matter of days, he was involved in his first murder. In Temple, Texas, Clyde spotted a car with the keys left in it and instructed Jones to start it up while he and Bonnie switched their things from their old car to the new one. When the owner showed up and tried to struggle over the door, Clyde shot him in the head and ordered Jones to step on it. From then on, Jones was a member of the Barrow gang and would remain so for eight months. He was more the mechanic or driver than a gunman, usually remaining in the car with Bonnie while Clyde and another member would rob gas stations, taking care of the steering while the others took shots at whomever was following them. He was involved in the several shootouts, from Joplin, Missouri to Platte City, Iowa, driving the gang from one town to another in a perpetual quest to avoid capture. After Clyde's brother Buck and his wife Blanche were captured in Dexter, Iowa, Jones decided he had better jump ship before he was either gunned down or arrested for something more serious than he could handle. When the gang was in Mississippi, Jones took off and hitched his way back to Texas, where he was quickly captured in Houston. He claimed he was a virtual prisoner of the gang, forced to work for them, tied down at night to prevent his escape; the authorities didn't believe him, but having no evidence of hard crime, they sentenced him to only six years in prison. After he served his term, he drifted from job to job, hooking himself on drugs and alcohol. He surfaced in 1968 to sue Warner Brothers over what he felt was a libelious portrayal of him in the movie "Bonnie and Clyde". When the suit was thrown out, he gave an interview with Playboy magazine on his time with the Barrow gang, still insisting he was an unwilling dupe, caught up by circumstance. Six years later, on August 20, 1974, William Daniel Jones was shotgunned to death during a failed drug transaction. (bio by: Screwtape) 
 
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 Parents:
  James Zachary Jones (1883 - 1923)
  Tookie Josephine Garrison Jones (1884 - 1997)
 
 Siblings:
  Garrison T Jones (1904 - 1923)*
  Anna L. Jones (1906 - 1923)*
  James Clyde Jones (1909 - 1972)*
  William Daniel Jones (1916 - 1974)
  Roy Lee Jones (1920 - 1969)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Brookside Memorial Park
Houston
Harris County
Texas, USA
Plot: Garden of the Apostles St Matthew Section, Lot 468, Space 3
 
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Originally Created by: ThinkBeforeYouAct
Record added: Dec 19, 2002
Find A Grave Memorial# 7023547
William Daniel W.D. Jones
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William Daniel W.D. Jones
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William Daniel W.D. Jones
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Rest in peace, W.D
- Mike L.
 Added: Aug. 30, 2014
My name is penni and I was born in 1963 and I have always had a crush on you and clyde barrow. I am a very beautiful lady and I know you and clyde would have loved me. I would have loved to have been you and Clyde's girlfriend. If I was alive in the 1930'...(Read more)
- penni coen
 Added: Aug. 29, 2014

- Alan Brownsten
 Added: Aug. 20, 2014
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