Criminal, American Folk Figure. She joined with her boyfriend Clyde Barrow to commit robberies and murders in the American Southwest between 1931 and 1934. Their exploits became highly captivating to the American public, and after their deaths they have become enshrined in American lore as “Bonnie and Clyde”. Born the middle child and oldest daughter of laboring family in Rowena, Texas, after the death of her father in 1914, her mother moved the family to the West Dallas, Texas area called “Cement City.” In her youth, she was known for being kind, an Honor Student and a writer of poetry (and other creative writing endeavors). In 1926, She married high-school sweetheart Roy Thornton. Despite the rocky and sometimes abusive marriage and Roy’s imprisonment in 1929, she remained married to him until she died. To support herself, she worked as a waitress and became friends with future sheriff deputy Ted Hinton (who would ironically take part in gunning her down). In 1930, she met Clyde Barrow when she was unemployed and helping out a mutual friend. When he was arrested shortly after, she smuggled a gun into the prison to help him escape. When he was rearrested, and released two years later, she decided to join him as an outlaw. After their notorious crime sprees, they were eventually stopped when Law Enforcement Officials ambushed their car and killed both in a hail of bullets not too far away from their Louisiana hideout. Before her death, she sent the reporters her infamous “Story (or Ballad) of Bonnie and Clyde.”
Bio by: Jip
Roy Glenn Thornton
1908–1937 (m. 1926)
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The Sunshine And The Dew, So This Old
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