Clyde Barrow and Bonnie Parker of Dallas pilfered banks and mom-and-pop stores, killed police officers, and captivated the nation, but were clumsy criminals, says the Dallas Morning News. The 75th anniversary of Barrow and Parker’s deaths will be marked Saturday. Hollywood hype, intense media interest, and the passage of time have ways of distorting reality; their life on the run, for the most part, was far from glamorous, historians say.
They often resorted to stealing small sums of cash from filling stations and grocery stores, while living out of their stolen cars. A car accident sprayed battery acid over Bonnie, burning one of her legs to the bone, effectively crippling her during her last year on the lam. Writers have churned out countless books. Producers have filmed one famous movie – and another is in the works. History buffs have opened museums and organized tours of the robbers' trails. Fanatics have filled Web sites with their pictures. Bonnie and Clyde would be pleased with the attention, said Jeff Guinn, author of a new book, Go Down Together: The True, Untold Story of Bonnie and Clyde. “They would be thrilled because they mattered for a little while,” he said. “For two poor kids who were destined to grinding poverty and no hope in life, for a brief time in life people knew their name. And three-quarters of a century later, they still do.”