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Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Bonnie and Clyde: Fact Versus Fiction

Five-feet-tall Bonnie Parker (1910-1934) didn't look a bit like Faye Dunaway [the actress who played her in a popular movie]; she was never a hero to the poor people of Texas and Oklahoma. The Bonnie and Clyde penny-ante robberies never netted them more than $1,500. She probably never even had a great romance with Clyde Barrow, who, some reports say, was a homicidal homosexual who preferred men ever since his reformatory days. Here's how Ray Hamilton, a Barrow gang member described them: "Bonnie and Clyde? They loved to kill people, see blood run. That's how they got their kicks. They were dirty people. Her breath was awful and Clyde never took a bath.

Richard Zachs, An Underground Education, 1997 

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