four foot-eleven inch tall, ninety pound outlaw, Bonnie Parker was born on October
1, 1910 in Rowena, Texas, the daughter of a bricklayer. As a little girl she was
very bright and did quite well in school. Following her father's death in 1914,
her mother moved the family to live with Bonnie's grandmother
in Cement City, near Dallas. It was here that she would, in years
to come, meet and marry Roy Thornton, when she was only sixteen years of age.
after getting married, Thornton was incarcerated for theft, leaving Bonnie alone.
Out of desparation, she moved back in with her grandmother and took a job as a
waitress at Marco's Cafe in Dallas. This was during the Depression and jobs were
at a premium. Among all the forward acting men who came into Marco's was a police
officer named Ted Hinton. He was always a gentleman, who spoke politely to her.
They probably didn't even know each other's name, but in about five years, they
would meet again, under very different circumstances that would enter them into
the history books of criminology. In a later biography, Hinton stated that he
had emotional attachments to Bonnie. She was described as beautiful, though most
photos never did her justice.
met Clyde Barrow at the home of a mutual friend. The friend had injured her leg
when she slipped on ice, so Bonnie came over to help her with household chores.
She was in the kitchen making hot chocolate when Clyde Barrow stopped in for a
visit. Clyde asked who the person was in the kitchen. The friend explained that
it was Bonnie Parker, a friend of her's. Clyde went in to introduce himself and
it was love at first sight! They became very close during the next few months,
seeing each other almost daily.
there was a big problem facing Clyde. He had a bad habit of boasting about crimes
he'd committed. He and his accomplices had been robbing and terrorizing small
shop owners in Waco and McClendon Counties. He was not yet aware that the law
enforcement agencies in those counties were investigating the activities of one
Clyde Chestnut Barrow!
aware of men, strangers, asking a lot of questions about him around the area.
He told Bonnie that he had to get away for a couple of months and that he would
be in touch. While packing his things to leave, the police apprehended him. He
was incarcerated in the Waco County Jail.
was Bonnie, who smuggled in that .32 caliber pistol that Clyde used in a breakout.
He and another cellmate named Frank Turner, broke out and headed north, knowing
that anywhere around Dallas would be too hot for Clyde to be. They were captured
in Ohio and returned to the Waco Jail.
the jailbreak added to his record, Clyde was sentenced to fourteen years at hard
labor to have been served at the dreaded Eastham Prison Farm #2 of the Texas Correctional
System. While Clyde was serving time, Bonnie continued to work at Marco's and
continued to correspond with Clyde.
February 8, 1932, Governor Sterling pardoned Clyde as a result of his mother's
pleading with the governor's office. Clyde returned to Dallas for a reunion with
Their first crime together
was the night time robbery of a hardware store in Kaufman, Texas. Following this
crime, the big spree began which made their names household words. As robbery
gangs go, the Barrow Gang was not that successful. However, what kept them in
the newspapers was the fact that they had killed many people, many were police
After two years of operation,
they were in need of a place to hide out. They were staying at the home of Ivy
Methvin, near Sailes, Louisiana. Ivy was the father of a friend, Henry Methvin.
May 22, 1934, Ivy Methvin conspired with law enforcement officers to set up an
ambush. This was done in hopes of getting some leniency for his son. An agreement
On May 23, 1934, Bonnie and Clyde
drove their stolen, tan 1934 Ford Sedan into Gibsland to have breakfast,
which they did almost daily. At approximately 9:15 a.m, while traveling
southward on Highway 154, they spotted Ivy's truck parked in the
road in front of them. Ivy had agreed to a deal with law enforcement
to help set up Bonnie and Clyde in exchange for leniency for his
son, Henry. Clyde slowed almost to a stop to go around Ivys
truck, which Ivy had agreed to park there. Clyde went to the left
side of the road to pass the truck. As they were about twenty feet
from the officers, hidden in the brush on the left side of the road,
Bonnie was heard to scream "like a panther" when she spotted
them. The posse opened fire! Clyde was hit immediately, the car
continued southward, with the posse continuing the assault. The
Ford came to a stop in a ditch on the left side of the road. Among
those lawmen firing was Ted Hinton.
both funerals, there were among the thousands of flowers, those sent by Pretty
Boy Floyd and John Dillinger.
Bonnie and Clyde Minutes After the Ambush.