Texas outlaws Bonnie and Clyde killed by police 82 years ago today

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Police, bankers and store owners alike rested a little easier 82 years ago today, after notorious Texas criminals Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow were shot and killed by Texas and Louisiana police while driving a stolen car. According to History, the pair earned themselves a “Robin Hood” reputation in part due to their romantic relationship (which can be glimpsed in the joking photos they took of themselves), their stint helping prisoners break out of jail and the fact that of the 13 deaths they are thought to be responsible for, nine of them were police officers.

Hand out photo of Bonnie and Clyde. CREDIT: Courtesy of Sandy Jones/ National Museum of Crime and Punishment. Received 04/14/09 for 0419Bonnie.
 Courtesy of Sandy Jones/ National Museum of Crime and Punishment

Parker and Barrow began a two-year streak of robberies in 1932 after Barrow was released from jail where he was serving time for murder. The pair, with the help of numerous accomplices, traversed Texas, Oklahoma, Missouri, New Mexico and Louisiana, robbing stores and banks along the way.

FILE--This is an undated file photo of bandits Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow. Fugitives from Texas prison breakouts have rarely gotten very far, including notorious Depression-era bank robbers Bonnie and Clyde, and corrections officials say that leaves little doubt they'll get seven who escaped last month and are accused of killing a police officer. The biggest concern is not ``when'' but ``how'' the seven will be captured; they're armed with dozens of guns and flush with some $70,000 they took from asporting goods store where the officer was killed on Christmas Eve. (AP Photo/ File) ORG XMIT: NY115
An undated file photo of bandits Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow. (AP Photo/ File)

Texas Police Captain Frank Hamer was placed on the case and finally tracked the two down after a three-month search. Police staked out a Louisiana country road and killed Parker and Barrow in a storm of bullets early in the morning of May 23, 1934.

READ: A brief history of Texas prison breaks

Author: Staff Writer

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