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.
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.
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.