Born: October 1, 1910
Died: May 23, 1934
Born: March 24, 1909
Died: May 23, 1934
Bonnie and Clyde were partners in crime.
And in life.
The notorious outlaws, who had killed 14 people (nine of which were policemen) during their reign of terror, were finally ambushed, on May 23, in a rainstorm of bullets as they whizzed through a stretch of Louisiana highway at 85 miles-per-hour. Each died with weapons in their hands (police would later find 14 guns and 1,500 rounds of ammo in the car), but they didn’t get to use them. A bit after 9 in the morning, six lawmen hiding in the woods riddled the Ford V-8 with bullets at such velocity that each passed through Barrow’s body, then through Parker, then through the car’s passenger-side door.
Each corpse would have more than 25 bullet wounds. Bonnie was found leaning against her lover’s body They longed to be buried side by side. In fact, two years before their deaths, Parker, who fancied herself a poetess, wrote a poem about that inevitable day: Some day they will go down together/And they will bury them side by side/To a few it means grief/To the law it’s relief/But it’s death to Bonnie and Clyde.
Bonnie’s mother Emma nixed the idea.
The morticians had a field day dressing the couple for their farewell tour. A plastic surgeon restored the back of Barrow’s head that had been blown away; you couldn’t even tell an ear was missing. He wore a pin-striped gray suit and with a stiff while collar. A gray tie was dotted with a pearl stick-pin. The corner of a white handkerchief peeked out from a lapel pocket. Bonnie was clad in a flimsy blue nightie. Her hair had been coiffed and her fingernails manicured. Bonnie’s casket was made of steel and Emma splurged on a steel vault as well.
Following a private sunset funeral on Friday, May 25, Clyde was buried in Western Heights Cemetery in Dallas. His battleship gray wooden casket (with cream satin interior) sits next to that of his brother, Marvin; the single tombstone bears the words once chosen by Barrow: “Gone but not forgotten.” More than 20,000 people turned out for Bonnie’s funeral, making it difficult for the Parkers to reach the grave site at Crown Hill Memorial Park in Dallas. Bonnie’s grave stone is engraved with a poem, written by the criminal herself: As the flowers are all made sweeter by the sunshine and the dew, so this old world is made brighter by the lives of folks like you.