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19 November marks the anniversary of the first robbery performed by the notorious Bonnie and Clyde in 1930. Bonnie Elizabeth Parker, born in Rowena, Texas, in 1910 and Clyde Chestnut Barrow, born in Ellis Co., Texas, in 1909, first met in 1930, but their notoriety began in 1932, after Barrow was released from prison.
The Barrow Gang (which included Clyde’s brother, Buck) robbed stores, gas-stations and banks killing nine police officers and a number of citizens. Although Bonnie was not the gun-wielding, cigar-smoking moll depicted by the newspapers of the day, she was accused in the murder of two police patrolmen (the eyewitness account was later discredited) and pressure mounted for their capture. On 23 May 1934, Bonnie and Clyde were ambushed in Bienville Parish, Louisiana, and died in a hail of bullets.
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