Bonnie and Clyde have been glamorized and mythologized arguably more than any other criminals in history. Movies, songs and TV and stage shows have all been inspired by the murderous pair. But what is the real, unvarnished truth about the criminal couple and their gang, whom the FBI suspected of 13 murders?
Bonnie Elizabeth Parker came into the world in 1910 in Rowena, Texas, a rural community about 230 miles from Dallas. A middle child, her bricklayer father Charles died when she was only four. Her mother, Emma, subsequently moved with her children to West Dallas. And there, Bonnie’s mom worked as a seamstress, while the family lived with Emma’s parents.
Meanwhile, Clyde Chestnut Barrow was the child of dirt-poor farmers, born the fifth of seven children in 1909. In the early 1920s the Barrow family moved to the notorious slum of West Dallas. Around the same time, Bonnie grew up to be a good-looking woman, although she stood just 4 feet 11 inches tall. As a child, she’s said to have been a good student with a passion for poetry who aspired to be an actress.