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E.B. Wheeler, Polk Ivy, and H.D. Murphy, three Texas patrol officers were traveling northwest on Highway 114 and Dove Road, just west of Grapevine, Texas. The police trio cruised by a black Ford V8 with yellow wheels which were parked off the side road.
The junior officers, E.B. Wheeler, and H.D. Murphy pulled on to the road thinking that the men standing by the car were having automobile troubles and stopped to give assistance to them. Polk Ivy kept going, not noticing the absence of his junior officers.
Neither officer expected any trouble. However, they also did not realize they were now in the presence of America’s most notorious and wanted crime gang,
Clyde Barrow grabbed a sawed-off shotgun and hid behind the car, while his crony Henry Methvin grabbed a Browning automatic rifle. Clyde, wanting to kidnap the officers tells Methvin, “Let’s take ’em,’ and unfortunately for the officers, Methvin translated the command as to shoot the officers.
A local farmer claims he witnessed the entire incident and agreed to be interviewed on the video to be shown with Fox’s Movietone News.
Okay so maybe I am a sap for thinking that this is a love story just as much as a one filled with brutal and senseless murders.
Clyde grew up in the West Dallas slums separated from his dreams and aspirations by the Trinity River. Clyde’s father Henry was a junk man, which made Clyde Barrow the “lowest of the low.”
From Jeff Guinn’s best-selling Go Town Together:
Jim Wright, who spent some of his teenage years in Dallas and grew up to become speaker of the U.S. House of Represenatives, recalled that even amoung Dallas middle-class youth,”I would not say West Dalls residents were considered subhman, but they certainly were thought to be less than everybody else in every way. You wouldn’t want to be friends with, let alone date, a kid from West Dallas.”
West Dallas was also known as ‘The Devil’s Backdoor,’ ‘The Bogg,’ ‘Cement City’, and my personal favorite, ‘The Monument to Poverty.’ So to put it simply, Clyde had no chance to become what he desired to become, which was wealthy and famous.
Bonnie, on the other hand, grew up in a more respectable home.
Her father, Charles, was a brick mason (then a respectable occupation) and the specialty of his skill allowed Parker’s access to a better life than that of the West Dallas slums.
That all changed in 1914 when Charles passed away unexpectedly leaving his wife Emma to raise her three daughters (to include Bonnie) by herself.
The good thing that came from this was the opportunity in which the couple met.
On January 5, 1930, Clyde walked into 105 Herbert Street, where he met Bonnie Parker, and from this day forward no force in the world could separate the two.
Clyde Barrow started as a small-time criminal, but eventually, the law (or “the laws” as he called it) caught up with him, and he was sent to Eastham Prison Farm. This is when most people believe that Clyde Barrow ‘hardened up’ to become the cold-blooded killer he eventually became.
It is well known that for nearly a year at Eastham Clyde was continually sodomized and humiliated by a former inmate Ed Crowder. Clyde with a fellow inmate decided to kill Crowder once and for all.
Using a heavy lead pipe Clyde bashed Ed’s skull in and his partner in crime repeatedly stabbed him until death. Clyde was eventually paroled from Eastham Prison and this day forth vowed never to return as he told his family,
I would rather die than go back to that hell-hole!
Dear Sir: – While I still have got breath in my lungs I will tell you what a dandy car you make. I have drove Fords exclusively when I could get away with one. For sustained speed and freedom from trouble the Ford has got ever other car skinned and even if my business hasen’t been strickly legal it don’t hurt enything to tell you what a fine car you got in the V8 – Yours truly Clyde Champion Barrow
April 30, 1932 marked the transition point for young Clyde Barrow and his Barrow Gang with the murder of 60-year-old John Bucher. Clyde claimed to his family that it was a simple robbery gone bad, when John Bucher was shot dead in front of his wife.
Clyde claimed to be the getaway driver and had no part in the killings, although stories on this conflict. Either way, Clyde and the Barrow Gang are now wanted for the murder of old-man Bucher.
On April 13th, 1933, Bonnie Parker’s dream of becoming famous finally became a reality. Somehow Clyde managed to narrowly escape by ramming an armored police cruiser out of his path.
Once inspecting the house detectives find that the entire gang left all of their personal belongings, including a camera with unprocessed film.This film was processed, leaked to the media, and America fell in love with Bonnie and Clyde.
Both Bonnie’s family as well as Clydes knew that their crime spree couldn’t possible go on forever and that there was only one obvious outcome. Clyde would have never given himself up, so the only other option was death. Bonnie being loyal decided that was going to be her fate as well.
With over 25 bullets in each body, they were driven through the local town as a public spectacle. Bonnie and Clyde died that day, but their story lives on.