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Clyde Barrow

Outlaw. Even though he lived on the edge of the law as a youngster, Clyde Chestnut Barrow's first crime was not until an auto theft in 1926 at the age of 17. Clyde, one of several sons of a poor East Texas sharecropper, had little formal education, but had learned "street smarts" from teenage gangs in the Dallas, Texas area. At a slim 5'7" frame with a face of an innocent baby, he was attractive to women. He met his partner in crime and romantic interest, Bonnie Parker, in 1930 while he was on a short parole from jail. They became inseparable. By slipping him a handgun, Bonnie helped him and two other men in a 1932 jailbreak. During the next two years, the couple traveled in a stolen 1932 Ford V8 Sedan from Texas through New Mexico and Oklahoma, to Missouri, Iowa, Ohio, Michigan, Illinois, and Indiana robbing every type of business from banks, hardware stores to gas stations. Along the way, they killed twelve people including nine law enforcement officers in three different states. Kidnapping a man and woman in Louisiana along with stealing another Ford getaway car and transporting it across state lines brought the Federal Bureau of Investigation into the picture. Clyde would just spray a burst of gunfire from his machine gun killing in cold blood without much conscience. During their tour, they were captured by law enforcement at least twice, but escaped each time and continued on the way with their criminal activities. Clyde had several aliases: Roy Bailey, Carl Beaty, J.A. Callahan, Jack Halle, Robert Thomas, Eldin Williams, Elvin Williams. After being released from a Texas penitentiary, Clyde's older brother Buck and his wife Blanche ganged with the two in their crimes before Buck was killed and Blanche captured by law enforcement. It was on a farm at daybreak in Bienville Parish, Louisiana that couple met their deaths. Bonnie and Clyde were shot and killed in a trap by Texas Rangers and FBI agents in a furry of gunfire. A viewing of their bodies was held in Dallas before they were buried each separate cemeteries. The couple carried a Kodak box camera with them capturing many black and white photos of the them posing in front of a Ford automobile with machine guns in-hand.

Bio by: Linda Davis


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  • Added: 1 Jan 2001
  • Find A Grave Memorial 58
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Clyde Barrow (24 Mar 1909–23 May 1934), Find A Grave Memorial no. 58, citing Western Heights Cemetery, Dallas, Dallas County, Texas, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .