Go Down Together: The True, Untold Story of Bonnie and Clyde by Jeff GuinnForget everything you think you know about Clyde Barrow and Bonnie Parker. Previous books and films, including the brilliant 1967 movie starring Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway, have emphasized the supposed glamour of Americas most notorious criminal couple, thus contributing to ongoing mythology. The real story is completely different -- and far more fascinating.
In Go Down Together: The True, Untold Story of Bonnie and Clyde, bestselling author Jeff Guinn combines exhaustive research with surprising, newly discovered material to tell the real tale of two kids from a filthy Dallas slum who fell in love and then willingly traded their lives for a brief interlude of excitement and, more important, fame. Their timing could not have been better -- the Barrow Gang pulled its first heist in 1932 when most Americans, reeling from the Great Depression, were desperate for escapist entertainment. Thanks to newsreels, true crime magazines, and new-fangled wire services that transmitted scandalous photos of Bonnie smoking a cigar to every newspaper in the nation, the Barrow Gang members almost instantly became household names on a par with Charles Lindbergh, Jack Dempsey, and Babe Ruth. In the minds of the public, they were cool, calculating bandits who robbed banks and killed cops with equal impunity.
Nothing could have been further from the truth. Clyde and Bonnie were perhaps the most inept crooks ever, and their two-year crime spree was as much a reign of error as it was of terror. Lacking the sophistication to plot robberies of big-city banks, the Barrow Gang preyed mostly on small mom-and-pop groceries and service stations. Even at that, they often came up empty-handed and were reduced to breaking into gum machines for meal money. Both were crippled, Clyde from cutting off two of his toes while in prison and Bonnie from a terrible car crash caused by Clydes reckless driving. Constantly on the run from the law, they lived like animals, camping out in their latest stolen car, bathing in creeks, and dining on cans of cold beans and Vienna sausages. Yet theirs was a genuine love story. Their devotion to each other was as real as their overblown reputation as criminal masterminds was not.
Go Down Together has it all -- true romance, rebellion against authority, bullets flying, cars crashing, and, in the end, a dramatic death at the hands of a celebrity lawman hired to hunt them down. Thanks in great part to surviving Barrow and Parker family members and collectors of criminal memorabilia who provided Jeff Guinn with access to never-before-published material, we finally have the real story of Bonnie and Clyde and their troubled times, delivered with cinematic sweep and unprecedented insight by a masterful storyteller.
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The pair are seen embracing in several black and white photos, while a staunch-looking Clyde poses holding a gun. Others show Clyde Barrow's brother Buck, his wife Blanche and other members of the notorious Barrow gang. The album belonged to Clyde's older sister Nell Barrow before passing into the hands of his nephew after she died in
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Warning: graphic photos follow. D eath came violently for Bonnie and Clyde. The undertaker later claimed he had trouble embalming the bodies because there were so many bullet holes. The ugly end of Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow was photographed in stark contrast to the light-hearted portraits which made them household names in Rolls of film discovered by police after a botched raid in a Joplin, Missouri apartment were developed and published. The snapshots showed a couple of kids smiling, posing as gangsters, and smoking cigars. The romantic notion of two love-struck bank robbers tearing their way through the heartland must have captured the hearts of the 15 million unemployed standing in breadlines across the country.
In the depths of the Great Depression, many Americans became transfixed by Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow's illicit romance and criminal exploits. Browse a gallery of the infamous duo's life, death and legacy. Outlaws Bonnie and Clyde had spent over two years together on the run, but they only earned national attention after photos of the couple were discovered at a crime scene in In the depths of the Great Depression, many Americans became transfixed by the couple's criminal exploits and illicit romance. At just four years old, Bonnie's father died unexpectedly, leaving her mother Emma to raise Bonnie and her two siblings on her own.
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At the time, Bonnie was married to a man who was in prison for murder. Bonnie came to the rescue by smuggling a gun into the prison and helping Clyde escape. He was caught but eventually released on parole. That's when the couple's crime spree began. They had no qualms about killing anyone who got in their way.
The Bonnie and Clyde death scene is a haunting sight. The famous couple met their fate on May 23, , as the grand conclusion of one of the most spectacular manhunts in history. And the bullet-riddled Bonnie and Clyde death scene has entered into the popular imagination. Barrow was a suspect in multiple killings, and he was wanted on charges of murder and robbery as well as state charges for kidnapping. Clyde met Bonnie Parker in January in Texas. When they met, Bonnie was 19 and married, but her husband was in prison after a murder conviction.
Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow are often depicted as a young couple in love, carelessly bouncing from one town to the next, robbing banks and being idolized by the media before meeting their untimely death in a dramatic ambush. They quickly made a name for themselves as their crime spree took them from Texas all the way to Minnesota over the course of two years between and And throughout that daring run, they managed to avoid being caught despite their celebrity status. Clyde was seen as a romanticized version of a rebellious gangster and Bonnie was often thought of as his innocent girlfriend, chasing him for love and getting caught up in his lifestyle through no fault of her own. Then, in May of , their spree came to a whirlwind end worthy of two gangsters with a flair for the dramatic. In November of , a Dallas grand jury issued a warrant for the arrest of Bonnie and Clyde.