The Ambush of Bonnie and Clyde — 85th Anniversary
by Paula Bosse
by Paula Bosse
Today is the 85th anniversary of the 1934 killing of Depression-era outlaws Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow, two of Dallas’ most notorious former residents. I’ve written several Bonnie and Clyde-related posts over the years, including the following:
- Ted Hinton’s Motor Lodge — From Bonnie & Clyde to Motel Heliport: See how one of the Dallas law enforcement officers present at the ambush spent his retirement.
- Babyface Barrow — 1926: Photos of a teenage Clyde, before things went bad.
- The Shooting of “Bonnie & Clyde” — 1966: Tidbits about the Dallas-area filming of the Warren Beatty-Faye Dunaway movie classic.
- Clyde Barrow In a Sailor Suit: Clyde really wanted to be a sailor….
- The Filling Station on Greenville Avenue: From Bonnie & Clyde to Legendary Burger Place: The famed restaurant was once a Vickery gas station which B&C are said to have patronized.
- Bonnie Parker: “Buried In an Ice-Blue Negligee” — 1934: This somewhat gruesome recounting of the preparation of Bonnie’s bullet-ridden body — written by a Dallas mortician — may be the most popular post I’ve ever written.
- Dallas Police Moonlighting as “Bonnie and Clyde” Movie Extras — 1966: A perk of being a Dallas police officer in 1966.
- Mrs. Hartgraves’ Cafe, and Bonnie & Clyde Earning Paychecks on Swiss Avenue: The still-standing buildings in which B&C once worked (before they knew each other) on Swiss Avenue in Old East Dallas.
- Need Bonnie & Clyde and Smoot Schmid Memorabilia?: B&C-related items up for auction.
- The Eccentric Medford Compound On the Old Eagle Ford Road: 1945-1950: A surprisingly popular old post which has recently had a huge number of hits after the Netflix movie “The Highwaymen” began showing — I guess people were googling “Eagle Ford,” B&C’s old stomping grounds.
- No Necking Along Country Roads Until Bonnie & Clyde Are Killed Or Captured — 1934: A dire warning to Dallas lovebirds who thought “parking” on secluded country roads was a good idea while B&C were on the lam.
As other Bonnie and Clyde posts are added, they can all be found here.
Sources & Notes
Top image is the lurid front cover of a rare 1935 Mexican publication about Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow titled “La Pistolera de Texas” — it is from the collection of the Dallas Historical Society and was featured on their Instagram feed (more info is here).
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