The Real Bonnie and Clyde
Hollywood portrayed them as the most glamorous outlaws in American history, but the reality of life on the run for Bonnie and Clyde was one of violence, hardship and danger.
With unprecedented access to gang members’ memoirs, family archives and recently released police records, Timewatch takes an epic road trip through the heart of depression-era America, in search of the true story of Bonnie and Clyde.
Bonnie Elizabeth Parker and Clyde Chestnut Barrow were well-known outlaws, robbers, and criminals who traveled the Central United States with their gang during the Great Depression.
Their exploits captured the attention of the American public during the public enemy era between 1931 and 1934.
Though known today for his dozen-or-so bank robberies, Barrow in fact preferred to rob small stores or rural gas stations.
The gang is believed to have killed at least nine police officers and committed several civilian murders.
The couple themselves were eventually ambushed and killed in Louisiana by law officers. Their reputation was cemented in American pop folklore by Arthur Penn’s 1967 film Bonnie and Clyde.
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