One of the most infamous gangs in U.S. History, led by Bonnie and Clyde, oversaw at least twelve bank robberies and more murders.
Clyde Barrow and Bonnie Parker were two romantically involved cold-blooded killers. The truth is that, although always pictured together and given equal fame, it was Clyde who was the one killing officers and civilians and robbing banks and smaller stores, with Bonnie as his accomplice. Clyde was initially in prison in the 1920’s for more minor causes such as a rental car he failed to return on time. However, it was noticed that Clyde truly became a criminal while in prison, even having a fellow inmate cut off some of his toes with an axe simply because he detested labor.
Immediately after Clyde was released from prison, he formed a gang that included Bonnie, and began a killing spree in 1932. The duo were made infamous over the next few years for the murders and robberies associated with them. Clyde saw his actions as retaliation for how the Texas prison system had treated him during his time in jail. Texas officer Frank Hamer began tracking Bonnie and Clyde, and on May 23, 1934 Bonnie and Clyde were finally lured into a trap while driving In their automobile. The officers on scene shot over 130 rounds at the vehicle, emptying their automatic rifles, shotguns, and pistols. Bonnie and Clyde were killed instantly, having suffered over twenty distinct bullet wounds each.
Bonnie and Clyde may have met their ends in 1934 on that road, but their fame outlived them, and they are now symbols of infamy in the United States.