Bonnie and Clyde: The Lives Behind the Legend by Paul SchneiderThe 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. Without glamorizing the killers or vilifying the cops, the book, alive with action and high-level entertainment, provides a complete picture of America’s most famous outlaw couple and the culture that created them.
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Possibly the most famous and most romanticized criminals in American history, Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow were two young Texans whose early s crime spree forever imprinted them upon the national consciousness. Their names have become synonymous with an image of Depression-era chic, a world where women chomped cigars and brandished automatic rifles, men robbed banks and drove away in squealing automobiles, and life was lived fast because it would be so short. Of course, myth is rarely close to reality. The myth promotes the idea of a romantic couple in stylish clothes who broke the bonds of convention and became a threat to the status quo, who didn't fear the police and lived a life of glamorous luxury outrunning them. The reality was somewhat different. Sometimes incompetent, often careless, Bonnie and Clyde and the Barrow gang lived a hard, uneasy life punctuated by narrow escapes, bungled robberies, injury, and murder.
Bonnie Elizabeth Parker October 1, — May 23, and Clyde Chestnut Barrow   March 24, — May 23, were an American criminal couple who traveled the Central United States with their gang during the Great Depression , known for their bank robberies although they preferred to rob small stores or rural gas stations. Their exploits captured the attention of the American press and its readership during what is sometimes referred to as the " public enemy era " between and , and they are believed to have killed at least nine police officers and four civilians. They were killed in May , during an ambush by law officers near Gibsland. The portrayal in the press of Bonnie and Clyde was sometimes at odds with the reality of their life on the road, especially for Parker. She was present at or more felonies during the two years that she was Barrow's companion,  although she was not the cigar-smoking, machine gun -wielding killer depicted in the newspapers, newsreels, and pulp detective magazines of the day. Nonetheless, numerous police accounts detail her attempts to murder police officers although gang member W. Jones contradicted them at trial.
Six days before turning 16, Bonnie married high school classmate Roy Thornton. The marriage disintegrated within months, and Bonnie never again saw her husband after he was imprisoned for robbery in Soon after, Bonnie met Clyde, and although the pair fell in love, she never divorced Thornton. Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow in a photograph from the early s. Library of Congress.
Barrow had been a criminal long before he met Parker in January After 20 months in prison in —32, he teamed up with Parker , and the two began a crime spree that lasted 21 months. Further investigation led the FBI to issue a warrant against the couple for interstate transportation of the second stolen automobile on May 20, During that year Barrow and Parker engaged in several shootouts with police. In November police in Dallas , Texas, attempted to capture them near Grand Prairie, but they escaped. In January in Waldo, Texas, they helped engineer the escape of five prisoners, during which two guards were killed. On April 1, , Barrow and Parker murdered two police officers in Grapevine, Texas, and five days later they killed a police constable in Miami, Oklahoma, and kidnapped a police chief.