Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow were a robbery team in the early twentieth century who became infamous and notorious in the United States through their over-the-top run ins with the police and exploits in the country's newspapers.
Bonnie and Clyde, as they are commonly referred to as, were a team for roughly two years and committed crimes in Texas, Oklahoma, New Mexico, and Missouri before being caught in Gibsland, Louisiana, on May 23, 1934. They were ambushed on a Louisana highway by Texas and Louisiana police officers and later shot and killed.
Many bank robbers like Bonnie and Clyde also became legends because of the harsh conditions of the Great Depression during which they committed their crimes. The duo became so popular that they sparked inspiration for movies and songs about their careers.
If you would like to read more about the infamous criminals, check out the article on Encyclopedia Britannica. Check out the following books and movies to explore the lives and myths of Bonnie and Clyde.
A mixture of comedy and brutal violence, this film is based on the exploits of the notorious American outlaws of the 1930's, Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow, who robbed banks across the country during the Depression era. Starring Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway. Rated R.
The Strange History of Bonnie and Clyde by J. E. Treherne
Here lies the true story of infamous Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow--a young sociopathic Southern couple gunned down by authorities after a two-year crime spree that left twelve people dead and many robbed of their money and goods during the Great Depression.
Bonnie and Clyde: The Lives Behind the Legend by Paul Schneider
The flesh-and-blood story of the outlaw lovers who robbed banks and shot their way across Depression-era America, based on extensive archival research, declassified FBI documents, and interviews. The daring movie revolutionized Hollywood - now the true story of Bonnie and Clyde is told in the lovers' own voices, with verisimilitude and drama to match Truman Capote's In Cold Blood. Strictly nonfiction - no dialogue or other material has been made up - and set in the dirt-poor Texas landscape that spawned the star-crossed outlaws, Paul Schneider's brilliantly researched and dramatically crafted tale begins with a daring jailbreak and ends with an ambush and shoot-out that consigns their bullet-riddled bodies to the crumpled front seat of a hopped-up getaway car. Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow's relationship was, at the core, a toxic combination of infatuation blended with an instinct for going too far too fast. The poetry-writing petite Bonnie and her gun-crazy lover drove lawmen wild. Despite their best efforts the duo kept up their exploits, slipping the noose every single, damned time. That is until the weight of their infamy in four states caught up with them in the famous ambush that literally blasted away their years of live-action rampage in seconds.
Bestselling author Jeff Guinn combines exhaustive research with surprising, newly discovered material to tell the real tale of two kids from a filthy Dallas slum who fell in love and then willingly traded their lives for a brief interlude of excitement and, more important, fame. Go Down Together has it all--true romance, rebellion against authority, bullets flying, cars crashing, and, in the end, a dramatic death at the hands of a celebrity lawman. This is the real story of Bonnie and Clyde and their troubled times, delivered with cinematic sweep by a masterful storyteller.