WARNING: Please be advised that
this page contains very graphic photos taken only moments after
the deaths of Bonnie and Clyde.
Following the Grapevine murders, the manhunt for Bonnie
and Clyde intensified. The FBI was relentless in its efforts to
locate them, though their interest in them was for interstate transportation
of stolen property, mainly automobiles. They were aware of the murders,
so they did all they could to help the other law enforcement agencies
On April 6, 1934, a constable was killed by Bonnie and Clyde
in Miami, Oklahoma. They also kidnapped a police chief who had been
One week later, on April 13, 1934, an FBI agent was investigating
the activities of Bonnie and Clyde around the town of Ruston, Louisiana,
where they had once kidnapped a couple and stolen a car. The agent
learned that Bonnie and Clyde had been recently spotted in the vicinity.
It was the FBI that made the determination that Henry Methvin was
a member of the gang and that Bonnie and Clyde were probably using
the home of Methvins father as a hideout. The Methvin home
was located near the community of Sailles, Louisiana, near the larger
town of Gibsland.
On Louisiana Highway 154, at approximately 9 p.m. on Tuesday evening,
May 22, 1934, six lawmen set up an ambush and waited. They
spent the night there, waiting in the woods on the east side of
the road in hopes of getting a shot at Clyde Barrow. As they were
about to leave, shortly after 9 a.m. on Wednesday morning, May
23, 1934, a car was heard in the distance, speeding down the
highway. It was Clyde Barrow at the wheel.
Some believe Frank Hamer had arranged a deal with Henry Methvins
father, Ivy. Others imply the Hamer forced Ivy to cooperate. Regardless,
Hamer assured Ivy that his son would get leniency if he, Ivy, helped
set up Bonnie and Clyde. Ivy agreed.
As Clydes car came roaring southward down the road, it slowed
almost to a stop to go around Ivys truck, which Ivy had agreed
to park there. As Clyde changed lanes to go around the truck, he
was about twenty feet from the officers! When Clyde slowed, the
posse opened fire! According to the lawmen involved, the shooting
lasted only about 12 seconds. Clyde was hit immediately by an armor
piercing round from a Browning Automatic Rifle fired by Prentiss
Oakley. Immediately more shots followed, striking Clyde and Bonnie.
Clydes foot slipped off the clutch and the car rolled past
them until it came to a rest in the ditch along the east side (left
side) of the road.
Among the posse members were Deputies Ted Hinton and Bob Alcorn
who had been involved in the failed ambush attempt near Sowers,
Texas on November 22, 1933.
According to their statements regarding May 23, 1934, each
of the six posse members had a Browning Automatic Rifle with armor
piercing ammunition, which was emptied first at the car. Secondly,
they used their shotguns to fire at the car as it rolled past them.
Finally, they approached the car firing pistols. The car had gone
about 50 yards past them and almost turned over in a ditch.
Following the ambush, Ted Hinton photographed the bloody scene,
much of what you see here are the results of his work on that day.
As the word got out, sightseers became a problem, among them were
souvenir hunters seeking memorabilia of one sort or another. One
person was trying to cut a lock of Bonnie's hair, another tried
to cut off Clyde's trigger finger while another tried to cut off
a piece of his ear. It became apparent that the crowd was going
to be too intrusive for medical personnel to attempt to remove the
bodies from the car.
The car, containing the bodies of Bonnie and Clyde was towed to
Conger's Furniture Store and Funeral Parlor in Arcadia, Louisiana
for autopsies. The bodies were removed and the autopsies were performed.
Among the personnel performing the autopsies was undertaker, Dilliard
Darby, who had been kidnapped by Bonnie and Clyde in April of 1933.