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Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow captured the attention of the American public during the Great Depression with their high-profile crime spree. Some viewed the couple, notoriously known as Bonnie & Clyde, as the outlaw version of Romeo and Juliet up to their grisly death on a rural backroad in Louisiana.
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When Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow met in Texas, she was already married to someone in jail for murder, but the two were soon smitten. Bonnie snuck a gun into the jail where Clyde was serving time for burglary. He escaped, and the two began a six-state crime spree that killed at least a dozen people, nine of which were law officers.
Believing that the two were headed to the home of the father of one of their gang, a posse made up of four Texas officers and two from Louisiana hid in the woods for two days and two nights waiting for Bonnie and Clyde.
L.J. “Boots” Hinton, who founded the Bonnie & Clyde Ambush Museum in Gibsland, LA, and whose father Ted was a part of the posse, said everyone was worried about catching the pair.
“This clown has gotten out of 11 traps. Will this be number 12?” Hinton said his father asked.
Fifteen minutes before the officers called it quits, they heard Clyde’s car speeding down the road.
Stories of the pair’s death vary – particularly if law enforcement ordered the couple to surrender before the officers opened fire. One story says Clyde stopped to speak to Henry Methvin’s father on the side of the road. The law officers planted him there, with some speculating he cut a deal to get a reduced sentence for his son.
Boots Hinton said that his dad told him another story.
“They took [Methvin] 75 feet behind the firing line and handcuffed him to a tree,” Hinton said. “The old man was not a willing participant.” The police put the elder Methvin’s car in the middle of the road as an obstacle. When they couple pulled up, officers shot everything they had – about 130 rounds from rifles, shotguns and pistols.
Clyde had 51 bullet wounds, Bonnie had 53. The car itself has 167 holes in it – both entrance and exits from the gunfire.
A giant marker on Highway 154 marks the location where the criminal couple died in the ambush.
The last place Bonnie and Clyde were seen was Ma Canfield’s Café in Gibsland, LA where the Bonnie & Clyde Ambush Museum is now located.
Although Boots Hinton died in December 2016, the museum is still open, seven days a week from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. To plan your visit, check out their Facebook Page.