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Bonnie And Clyde: Killed In Bienville Parish, 1934

Today marks the anniversary of the death of one of the country’s most notorious couples:  Bonnie Elizabeth Parker and Clyde Chestnut Barrow.

According to Wikipedia, Bonnie and Clyde

were well-known outlaws, robbers, and criminals who traveled the Central United States with their gang during the Great Depression.

The article says that, while well-known for robbing banks, they preferred to rob gas stations and small stores.  Of over 100 crimes committed, only a dozen or so were actually bank robberies.

Thompson 'Tommy' Machine Gun
Hulton Archive, Getty Images

And despite what we see in the movies, there is no evidence that Bonnie Parker ever fired at officers, or anyone else, for that matter.

Bonnie and Clyde were ambushed by a posse of Texas and Louisiana law officials in Bienville Parish, south of Gibsland, Louisiana.  Six shotguns, six automatic rifles, and six pistols were fired at the car, until all guns were emptied of their  ammunition, approximately 130 rounds.

While researching information for this story, I came across some startling statistics:  According to Louisiana Public Square,

Louisiana ranks first in the rate of women killed by men.

According to the latest crime statistics published by the Louisiana Crime Reporting Program,

Louisiana ranks 1st in murder and non-negligent manslaughter; 5th in property and non-violent crimes, and 6th in burglary, 6th in aggravated assault and 6th in robbery.

 

 

(Via Wikipedia, LA Crime Reporting Program)

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