This here's Miss Bonnie Parker. I'm Clyde Barrow. We rob banks.

BONNIE AND CLYDE

Bonnie and Clyde

CLYDE BARROW (1909-34)

I have drove Fords exclusively when I could get away with one.

Bonnie and Clyde


Bonnie Parker (1910-34) and Clyde Barrow (1909-34) were outlaws who, with their gang, travelled the central United States during the Great Depression.
 
Their exploits captured the attention of the American public during what is sometimes referred to as the ‘public enemy era’ between 1931 and 1934.
 
Though known today for his dozen-or-so bank robberies, Barrow in fact preferred to rob small stores or rural gas stations. The gang is believed to have killed at least nine police officers and committed several civilian murders. They were eventually ambushed and killed in Louisiana by law officers. Approximately 130 rounds were fired into the car they were traveling in. Bonnie was 23 and Clyde was 25. 
 
Clyde Barrow was a brutal and brutalized career criminal whose first murder occurred when he beat to death a fellow prison inmate who had been sexually abusing him. 
 
Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow were among the first celebrity criminals of the modern era. After they fled one hideout in April 1933 the police discovered several rolls of undeveloped film and some scrawled poetry left behind. The photos showed the couple in playful poses, and wielding pistols, rifles and automatic rifles.
 
 

Bonnie Parker was only 4'10".

Bonnie and Clyde Syndrome


Bonnie and Clyde Syndrome (or Hybristophilia, from the Greek hybridzein meaning ‘to commit an outrage’)  is a paraphilia – a disorder marked by sexual fantasies, urges, or behaviours involving nonhuman objects, suffering in oneself or partner, or non-consenting persons. To count as paraphilia, the urges must last at least six months. So, if you only have these feeling for five months and three weeks, don’t worry - you're normal.
 
Passive hybristophiliacs write letters to – or sometimes end up marrying - jailed criminals, usually murderers. They have no interest in involving themselves in the crimes; they often believe the criminal to be innocent, or reformed, or not to blame in some way and consider that only they truly understand the killer, and are capable of rehabilitating him. They may also believe that they are the only person the killer has ever truly loved.

There are reportedly about 100 British women currently engaged or married to American men on death row, mostly having contacted them through anti-death penalty campaigns and websites. One has been engaged to several, all of whom have been executed.

The most melancholy story concerns two middle-aged Christian sisters, Avril and Rose, who left long-term ‘boring’ marriages for men in prison. Both relationships ended tragically: a week after his release one of the men bludgeoned Avril to death with a hammer. The other ended up back in prison after trying to cut Rose's ear off and pull out her teeth with pliers.
 
Aggressive hybristophiliacs take part in their partner’s crimes - generally as the glamorous assistant, helping to cover up, provide alibis, dispose of bodies, lure victims, and so on. They are in love with sociopaths who cannot love them back - their only ambition is to prove themselves to them in return for love.
 
Harpaxophiliacs, by contrast, just get a kick out of being robbed.

Bonnie and Clyde's car is on display at the Primm Valley Hotel near Las Vegas.

Clyde, of Bonnie and Clyde fame, had the middle name Chestnut.

From Poet to Outlaw


Bonnie Parker was an unlikely outlaw. She had been a prize-winning student at school and was fond of writing poetry.

Many gang members later claimed that they never saw Bonnie Parker fire a gun but that she was simply infatuated with Clyde Barrow. She certainly never killed anyone.
 
The poem ‘Suicide Sal’ by Bonnie Parker, mirrored the tone of the popular detective magazines of the time. Two days after the police raid, the photos and poem went out on the wire and were running in newspapers all over the country.
 
As the noose tightened, Parker composed the fatalistic poem she titled ‘The Trail's End’, known since as ‘The Story of Bonnie and Clyde’. She gave the handwritten ode to her mother upon their final meeting two weeks before her death.

20,000 people turned out for Bonnie Parker's funeral.

Clyde initially seemed as if he may pursue a career in music, having taught himself the saxophone and guitar.

In order to avoid punishing work in prison, Clyde chopped off two of his own toes with an axe.