Their story is one of the most curious in American history. An unmarried couple goes on a crime spree that leaves more than a dozen people dead, unleashed 5 escaped convicts, and tens of thousands of dollars unaccounted for. And yet- the country secretly rooted for them. The charismatic duo symbolized a rebellious spirit that sought a better life than most of the poverty-stricken population could hope to attain. Even if you also have a soft spot for these two, we bet there are a few facts about their short lives that you might not have known.
8) Clyde’s middle name was Chestnut
The infamous criminal was also known as Clyde “Champion” Barrow.
7) The gang was larger than just Bonnie & Clyde
The Barrow Gang consisted of Marvin Ivan “Buck” Barrow and his wife, Blanche, as well a revolving cast of young male criminals, some of whom were part of the jail break at Eastham that Clyde committed in 1934.
6) Bonnie had been a waitress
Before becoming a murdering bank robber, Bonnie Parker had been a waitress in a local Dallas cafe.
5) Clyde was missing part of his foot
Already a wanted criminal by the time he met Bonnie, he was so lovesick after being imprisoned that he cut off part of his foot in order to at least have the possibility of parole. But, Clyde also wanted to escape his Eastham prison, a loathsome place rife with abuse and back-breaking work.
4) The pictures were left behind
Below is the hideout where in 1933 in Joplin, MO, police thought they were approaching some bootleggers. Law enforcement had no idea it was the Barrow Gang until after the shootout began.
Many of their possessions were left behind when the gang fled the scene, including an undeveloped roll of film. These images only added to the media frenzy of the increasingly-wanted couple. And, that’s where the most famous photos of the pair come from. It was Blanche’s camera and there is speculation about whether Buck may have taken some of the photos.
3) Bonnie could barely walk towards the end
Despite the romantic notion that the two were young, free, and in love, Bonnie had a serious leg injury that likely prevented her from being as free and easy we like to imagine her. Bonnie’s leg had been seriously burned during a car crash with Clyde, a fact which some say explains why he’s carrying her in some of the photographs.
2) Bonnie wrote poetry
Particularly during her time in prison separated from Clyde after a failed robbery in 1932 Bonnie wrote poems. However, Bonnie wrote two of her most famous poems, “Suicide Sal” and “The Story of Bonnie and Clyde” while she was on the run with Clyde.
1) Bonnie kept her wedding ring on until her death
Bonnie married her high school sweetheart, Ray Thorton, at only 15. Despite her relationship with Clyde being a love-at-first-sight romance, she kept Thorton’s ring on until she and Clyde were gunned down on May 23rd, 1934, in Louisiana. Although, among the belongings recovered from the 1933 shootout was a promise ring Clyde had made while in Eastham prison: a silver plated ring with a three headed snake design.