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Bonnie and Clyde Film (1967) versus the historical facts


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This summer will mark the 50th anniversary of the release of the feature film Bonnie and Clyde.  It was directed by Arthur Penn (1922-2010), who also directed around two dozen other films including The Missouri Breaks, Night Moves, Little Big Man, Alice’s Restaurant and The Miracle Worker.  Penn had received his start in the early days of television, having been involved with productions in series including The Gulf Playhouse, Goodyear Playhouse, Playhouse 90 and others.

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Posted by on June 22, 2017 in bonnie and clyde, history, outlaws, texas


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Bonnie and Clyde Come to Wellington, Texas

Wellington, Texas is in Collingsworth County, located where the Texas border departs from the Red River and heads due north, on the eastern edge of the Panhandle.  At its peak, Wellington’s population was around 3,700 people and since the 1990s, it has hovered around 2,000 to 2,500 people.

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Posted by on January 26, 2017 in bonnie and clyde, history, outlaws, texas


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Floyd Hamilton, Public Enemy No. 1


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Floyd Garland Hamilton was born June 13, 1908 in Henrietta, Oklahoma to John Henry and Sarah Alice Bullock Hamilton and died July 24, 1984 in Grand Prairie, Texas at the age of 76.  According to his wishes, there was no funeral service, his body was cremated and his ashes were spread near the grave of his wife in Irving, Texas.

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Posted by on October 27, 2016 in biography, bonnie and clyde, history, outlaws, texas


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Clyde Barrow, Jailbreak in McLennan County


While living in Waco, I would occasionally drive past the old McLennan County courthouse.  I had first seen the feature film Bonnie and Clyde while living there.  However, I mistakenly thought that both Bonnie and Clyde had escaped from the jail at the McLennan County Courthouse in the midst of their short crime spree.  Only years later would I learn the details about how Bonnie had helped Clyde and two others escape.

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Posted by on September 22, 2016 in bonnie and clyde, courthouses, history, outlaws, texas


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The Barrow Gang Comes to North Texas

Bonnie and Clyde’s crime spree was short, only a few years, but whenever there happened to be an event involving them in a small town, people living there remembered it.  There were at least two such events in North Texas’ Wise County.


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Posted by on August 18, 2016 in bonnie and clyde, folklore, history, outlaws, texas


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Funerals of Bonnie and Clyde

After the May 23, 1934 ambush of Bonnie and Clyde on a Wednesday morning near Gibsland, Louisiana, their bodies were taken about twenty miles away to a local funeral operation in the back of the S. A. Conger Furniture Store and Funeral Parlor in Arcadia, Louisiana.  An undertaker who worked for a nearby funeral parlor in Ruston came to identify the bodies.  The undertaker, H. D. Darby, and Sophia Stone had actually been kidnapped by the gang about a year earlier in Ruston.  The couple was eventually released in Arkansas, but while they were captives of the gang, Bonnie had laughed when she found out that Darby was an undertaker and speculated that one day he might be working on her.  It turned out to be prophetic, since Darby did indeed assist with the embalming process.  A coroner and five other individuals conducted an inquest, the bodies were formally identified and the embalming process began.  The authorities tried to maintain control, but the news got out in the small town, creating a buzz of interest.  Arcadia briefly was crowded with media and other curious visitors.

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Posted by on July 7, 2016 in bonnie and clyde, history, outlaws, texas


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The Barrow Brothers

Henry Basil Barrow (1874-1957) married Cumie Tabitha Walker (1874-1942) on December 5, 1891.  They had seven children:

Elvin Wilson Barrow (1894 – 1947)
Artie Adelle Barrow Keys (1899 – 1981)
Nell May Barrow Francis (1905 – 1968)
Marvin Ivan Barrow (1905 – 1933)
Clyde Barrow (1909 – 1934)
Leon C. Barrow (1913 – 1979)
Lillian Marie Barrow Scoma (1918 – 1999)

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Posted by on June 2, 2016 in biography, bonnie and clyde, history, texas


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