Anniversary Notes the End of Bonnie and Clyde


Faye Dunaway and Warren Beatty starred in the 1967 movie Bonnie & Clyde that first brought the story of the notorious outlaws to Hollywood and homes across America.

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This year marks the 85th anniversary of the deaths of Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow. The notorious outlaws were killed on May 23, 1934, on a rural road in Bienville Parish, Louisiana. The couple drove up in an automobile and were shot by a posse of four Texas and two Louisiana officers.

The recent release of The Highwaymen with Kevin Costner and Woody Harrelson is the story of two of those Texas Rangers, Frank Hamer and Maney Gault, who came out of retirement to catch Bonnie and Clyde.

The legend of Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow as robbers and murderers is a big part of the history of the Upper East Side of Texas. Their actions gained enormous media attention and people from all over the region were emotionally invested as the Barrow Gang committed their crimes throughout the area in the early 1930s.

Their crimes took them all around the Dallas area and to stores and gas stations in rural areas including Kaufman, Sherman, Nacogdoches, and Winnsboro. There’s a historical marker in Kemp next to a “calaboose” where Parker was alledgedly held overnight April 19, 1932.

The Dallas Historical Society is featuring a bus tour from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 27. “Running with Bonnie and Clyde” starts at The Hall of State in Fair Park.


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