When you speak of “lovers in crime”, the first thing that comes to your mind would surely be Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow. They are a Texan couple that made several crimes during the 1930s and became a sensation. They became a part of the history of the Great Depression. It was the time where women smoking cigars with matching rifles and men becoming thieves while getting away fast with their cars are a thing.
We rarely see couples that are partners in crime. The Bonnie and Clyde love (and crime) story is something that still amazes not only ordinary people but also filmmakers, directors, and artists. But there is still something that you probably don’t know about the couple.
They dreamt of becoming popular, but not into doing crimes
Born to a poor family, Clyde Barrow grew up with love for music. He used to sing and strum his old guitar on the farm. He is a self-taught saxophonist and dreamt to become a musician someday. However, due to his older brother’s and a shady friend’s negative influence, he started to steal cars instead of stealing the hearts of everyone that hears his music.
On the other hand, little Bonnie Parker grew up loving not only music but the stage as well. She used to perform during school pageants and talent shows. Broadway hits or country songs were her forte. She even boasts to her friends that one day, they would see her name on the neon lights. She also loved to watch movies and even saw herself being a successful actress in the future. Sadly, that didn’t happen.
They’re not good in robbing banks
Movies and TV usually portray the couple as frequent bank thieves that frightened a lot of banks across the Midwest and south. But the truth is that the couple robs small grocery stores and gas stations more than banks. In fact, they have only robbed less than 15 banks in their four years making crimes together.
They’re not successful in robbing those banks alone, either. They usually seek help from an associate by the name of Raymond Hamilton. Bonnie sometimes drives the getaway car, but often, she doesn’t join the rest of the gang in robbing banks. Instead, she only stays at their hideout.
The shady couple reigned as criminals for four years before being shot to death on May 23, 1934. The couple died together but were laid to their final rest separately. Bonnie’s epitaph was an elegy that says, “As the flowers are all made sweeter by the sunshine and the dew, so this old world is made brighter by the lives of folks like you.” And what was written on Clyde’s tombstone is simply “Gone but not forgotten.”