On May 21, 1934 this iconic wanted poster was published by the “Division of Investigation U.S. Department of Justice”. The chilling 8” x 8” poster, issued for the arrest of Bonnie Elizabeth Parker born in Rowena, Texas and partner Clyde Chestnut Barrow of Ellis County, Texas - two of America’s most notorious criminals - has become a highly collectible artifact. The poster includes photos and detailed physical descriptions of the outlaw couple as well as extensive information about their family histories and criminal records. It is, to say the least, a fascinating example of historical Americana.
Bonnie and Clyde, along with their gang, were responsible for inflicting a reign of terror mostly on small businesses and citizens of the central United States between 1931 and 1935 at the time of the Great Depression. The outlaw duo and their gang did not hesitate to kill when encountering any resistance during their ruthless crime spree. Bonnie and Clyde, along with their gang, reportedly were responsible for killing at least nine police officers and numerous citizens.
Clyde Barrow and Bonnie Parker were perceived by much of the American public as being young, daring and wild. Heavily romanticized by the media, they quickly reached a folklore status similar to that of outlaws such as Billy the Kid and Jesse James. Songs were written and stories shared about the notorious team’s criminal escapades. Bonnie and Clyde’s relatively brief life of crime came to an abrupt end on Wednesday, May 23, 1934 on a rural road in Bienville Parish, Louisiana when the couple was ambushed and killed in a hail of bullets by a posse of six heavily armed Texas and Louisiana officers. Their bullet-riddled car remains on display at a resort/casino outside of Las Vegas, Nevada.
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