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Richard A. “Smoot” Schmid

A paragraph in a 1939 issue of a newspaper in Decatur (Illinois, not Texas) began “No. 1 Name of the year, so far, is that of Sheriff Smoot Schmid of Dallas, Texas.”

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Roy Glenn Thornton, husband of Bonnie Parker

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Roy Thornton was the husband of Bonnie Parker.  He was born in 1908 to Wilmer Harrison Thornton (1863-1945) and Florence May Marcy Thornton (1878-1920).  Roy was killed in an attempted prison break from the Huntsville State Prison on October 3, 1937.  His remains were interred at the Hutchings-Alston-Haden Family Cemetery, also known as the Eastham State Farm Cemetery.  He and one other inmate were slain when they and two dozen other inmates attempted to break out of the prison.

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Posted by on February 1, 2018 in bonnie and clyde, history, outlaws and crimes, texas

 

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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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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 and crimes, texas

 

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Floyd Hamilton, Public Enemy No. 1

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(Book cover: pictured are Chaplain Ray Hoekstra and Floyd Hamilton)

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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Clyde Barrow, Jailbreak in McLennan County

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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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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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