Today 84 years ago, the notorious bandit couple Bonnie & Clyde were killed by police who were trying to stop them near Sailes, Louisiana.. In their time together Bonnie and Clyde are believed to have committed 13 murders and numerous robberies and burglaries according to the FBI’s Famous Cases and Criminal website.
After a run in with police in Texas and Oklahoma in April, the couple were reported to be staying with the Methvins, another crime family, in Louisiana. Hearing that they were returning from a party, police from Louisiana and Texas hid in the bushes along the road near Sailes, Louisiana. When the couple drove up the road, the police were waiting. They attempted to get away but the police fired upon the vehicle. They were both killed.
You can read the coverage of the last stand of Bonnie and Clyde from the May 23, 1934 edition of the Scranton Times here https://www.dropbox.com/s/jkvbysebtlcdkn4/Bonnie%20and%20Clyde%201934.pdf?dl=0
Another interesting item can be found on the front page of the May 23rd paper. On the same day that Bonnie and Clyde were killed, infamous gangster John Dillinger‘s girlfriend, Evelyn Frechette, and his doctor, Dr. Clayton May, were found guilty by a federal jury in St. Paul, Minn. for harboring Dillinger on recent visit to St. Paul. You can also read this article by visiting the link above.
Many years later, Hollywood would tell their story in a major motion picture starring Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway as the couple. The film was a huge hit. It did lead to an argument for a Clarks Summit couple back in 1968. The Times helped to settled the dispute peacefully.
To read more about Bonnie and Clyde check out their file on the FBI’s Famous Cases and Criminal website http://www.fbi.gov/about-us/history/famous-cases/bonnie-and-clyde.
Have a safe and relaxing Memorial Day holiday,