Clyde Barrow

Facts about Clyde Barrow

Clyde Barrow died at 25 years old
Born: March 24, 1909
Died: May 23, 1934
Best known as: Half of the Depression-era crime duo Bonnie and Clyde


Clyde Barrow Biography

Clyde Barrow was part of the crime duo Bonnie and Clyde, Depression-era outlaws whose folk-hero status ended in a storm of bullets when they were fatally shot on 23 May 1934. His criminal career began in 1926, when he was arrested for stealing a car — a rental he hadn’t returned on time. He met Bonnie Parker in 1930 in Dallas, and they embarked on a crime spree from Texas and Oklahoma to Missouri and Illinois, robbing small businesses and killing at least 13 people, mostly law officers. Clyde led the so-called Barrow Gang, which included his brother and sister-in-law, Buck and Blanche, and a gunman named William Daniel Jones. It’s generally assumed that Clyde did most of the killing, while Bonnie wrote poems and sent letters to newspapers as a loyal partner. They were ambushed near their Louisiana hideout and shot to death by members of a Texas Rangers unit led by retired Ranger Frank Hamer.

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While Clyde Barrow was doing a stint in prison in 1932, he chopped off two of his  toes, in an effort to be transferred to a different facility. As it turns out, he didn’t need to — he was paroled six days later… Clyde Barrow was portrayed on the big screen in 1967 by Warren Beatty, and in a TV mini-series in 2013 by Emile Hirsch.


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