You may not realize this, but on this day,
May 23 in 1934 Clyde Barrow and Bonnie
Parker were killed in Bienville Parish,
A posse opened fire when a 1934 Ford
driven by Clyde Barrow drove down a
The car was sprayed with more than 100
bullets when the shooting stopped. It
has been said the posse couldn’t hear
for several hours after the ambush.
The event spawned many controversies
that involved law enforcement, relatives
of Bonnie and Clyde, the owner of car
Clyde was driving, and missing money.
Clyde’s mother asked for the return of
his guns found in the car while Bonnie’s
family asked for her clothing. They were
A Sheriff tried to take the car, but
was sued by the legal owner who got it
back for an $85 towing and storage fee.
The owner got the car back in August,
1934 complete with over 130 bullet holes,
and an interior covered with blood and
The same Sheriff was rumored to have
taken a suitcase full of money. He claimed
it a coincidence when he purchased an
auction barn and land in Arcadia shortly
after the ambush.
In early 1935 members of Clyde’s family
were charged with harboring a fugitive
and 20 family members received sentences
from 1 hour in custody to 2 years.
The ambush was the beginning of the
end of the “Public Enemy” era. Regardless
of how we feel about their crimes, they
are a part of our history.
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