Bonnie & Clyde
Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow met in 1930 and formed one of the greatest crime duos in American history. Their crime spree lasted for two years, and by the end several dozen banks and stores had been robbed, many individuals had been kidnapped, and over twelve people were killed, including nine police officers. Bonnie and Clyde's spree ended violently when police ambushed and killed the couple on May 23, 1934. These outlaws caused great public hysteria and earned celebrity-like fame during their crime-filled days, but Bonnie and Clyde also represented the problems of an entire generation trying to get ahead in the desperate days of the Great Depression. Their tragic love was admired by some, hated by others, and remembered as a notable part of American history.
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Controversy Over Bonnie & Clyde's Deaths
Although police had many reasons for ambushing and killing Bonnie and Clyde on May 23, 1934, especially since the couple had avoided capture before, there is controversy over Bonnie's death. Bonnie Parker was undoubtedly Clyde Barrow's partner, but when she was killed, no warrants relating to a violent crime had been issued. When the police ambushed the couple, Clyde was killed instantly, but haunting reports state that Bonnie took longer to kill and the men could hear her screaming over the shooting. The leader of the investigation and the ambush party, Frank Hamer, defended his actions by claiming that Bonnie was a violent criminal and her escape could not be risked. However, for the time and manner in which these criminals were killed, many questioned if the brutal nature of the killings was necessary for Bonnie. This controversy only furthers the legend of Bonnie and Clyde, who lived and died with a bang.