Bonnie Elizabeth Parker (Bonnie Parker) & Clyde Chestnut (Champion) Barrow were Depression-era outlaws who caught the nation’s attention between 1932-1934 with their antics. According to legend, they were star-struck lovers who traipsed across the middle of America and the South, holding up banks to “stick it to the man.”
The 1967 movie Bonnie and Clyde, directed by Arthur Penn and starring Warren Beatty (possible future Creep episode) and Faye Dunaway, was a sexed-up Hollywood version of their affair.
In real life, they were murderous losers who took 11 lives, kidnapped several people and dropped them off hundreds of miles from home to evade the police, mainly robbed small businesses like gas stations and grocery stores, and put out shitty poetry. Today we will talk about the real story behind Bonnie and Clyde.
Trigger warnings: Sexual assault and murder
Sources for this episode:
Bonnie & Clyde: The Making of a Legend by Karen Blumenthal
PBS American Experience
Netflix: The Highwayman
Anything Under the Sun (YouTube)