The Untold Stories of Bonnie & Clyde

Everything you never knew about America’s most wanted couple

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Image via Wikipedia

1. Bonnie Parker most likely never killed anyone.

Even in 1933, a single picture could fool the world. With the Prohibition Act still intact in Missouri, local police expected to capture a few bootleggers when raiding an apartment. Instead, they found Bonnie and Clyde.

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Image via Wikipedia

2. At the time of their deaths, Bonnie was married to another man.

Despite her propensity towards integrity, Bonnie always had a weak spot for bad guys.

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Bonnie and Roy, Image via Dangerous Minds

3. One of Bonnie’s killers was in love with her.

Ted Hinton was the youngest of the six-men posse who ambushed and killed the infamous couple. His primary job: Identify the targets.

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Ted Hinton, second from left, Image via Frank Ballinger

4. Both Bonnie and Clyde walked with a limp.

Though they did survive many a bullet wound in their day, both Bonnie and Clyde were physically disabled.

5. Their run lasted as long as it did because they exploited a legal loophole.

Bonnie and Clyde committed crimes in as many as 14 states: Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Iowa, Illinois, Missouri, Arkansas, Louisiana, Indiana, Ohio, Kentucky, Tennessee, Mississippi, and Alabama.

6. Someone raced the car Bonnie & Clyde were shot in 53 years later.

Kansas local Ruth Warren surely wasn’t happy when her brand new Ford V8 was stolen just weeks after she bought it for a bargain price of $835 (about $15,000 today). But on April 29, 1934, the beige 85-horsepower machine disappeared from her driveaway.

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Image via Kummerle on Flickr

7. By the time they died, the public had already turned on Bonnie and Clyde.

Due to Bonnie’s poems, the widespread images, and the context of the Great Depression, the notorious lovers were celebrated as folk heroes in their heyday. Tragic results of tragic times, with an air of Robin Hood to them.

8. Bonnie and Clyde were on different missions, knowing their ending would be the same.

What’s the point of it all? Billions of people have asked themselves that question, including Bonnie and Clyde. When it comes to their joined adventure, it seems they only found individual answers.

9. Bonnie and Clyde pushed the formation of a modern criminal investigation system.

After their public deaths and long time on the run, several changes quickly followed in the criminal justice system.

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