Understanding The Full Story Of Bonnie And Clyde

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When finally gunned down Bonnie and Clyde were believed to have committed thirteen murders and multiple robberies and burglaries (“Bonnie and Clyde: A History.” par. 12). Clyde was born in Ellis County, Texas, on March 24, 1909 (“Bonnie and Clyde.” New par 7; “Bonnie and Clyde: A History.” par. 2). On the other hand, Bonnie Parker born on October 1, 1910, in Rowena, Texas, Bonnie was the second out of three children (“Bonnie and Clyde.” New par 3:”Bonnie and Clyde: A History.” par. 2). Bonnie and Clyde were lovers who met in Texas in 1930 and started a life of crime together (“Bonnie and Clyde.” Famous Cases par 4). Clyde, born into poverty, began stealing from gas stations to enhance his income; however, Bonnie joined his escapade of crime due to the fact they were madly in love with each other.
To understand the full story of Bonnie and Clyde background information must be present. Clyde Barrow was born into a family of poverty, Clyde was the fifth child out seven or eight children; Clyde’s parents had trouble paying the bills since there were many children to feed (“Bonnie and Clyde.” New par. 7). At a young age, Clyde was very fascinated with Western Outlaws such as Jessie James and Cole Younger. Finally, at age sixteen, Clyde decided to drop out of school (“Bonnie and Clyde.” New par. 7). Clyde was a pleasant person, but at times had an explosive temper, which was hard for him to control (Steele p 30). Clyde, a very good mechanic, took a mechanic job to help pay the bills for his family (Steele p 34). Clyde committed his first criminal offense, in 1926 when he did not return a rental car; his second arrest was with his older brother, Buck Barrow, for stealing turkeys (“Bonnie and Clyde.” New par. 7). Although being arrested twice before the age of twenty, Clyde tried to maintain a steady job; however, when a job failed Clyde always went back to being a criminal (“Bonnie and Clyde.” New par. 7).
On the other hand, Bonnie Parker was more civil when growing up, until she met Clyde. Bonnie’s family was born into poverty the same as Clyde’s family; however, the Parker family was higher than the Barrow family on the social ladder (“Bonnie and Clyde.” New par. 7). Bonnie was an honor student throughout her high school career; Bonnie excelled in creative writing in school (“Bonnie and Clyde.” New par. 4). Bonnie loved poetry and would actually write poems in her free time (Cartwright Par. 1). On September 25, 1926, at age fifteen, Bonnie married Roy Thornton, a petty thief, but the marriage did not last long; therefore, in 1929, the couple parted ways (“Bonnie and Clyde.” par. 4).
Bonnie met Clyde in Texas in January 1930 (“Bonnie and Clyde: A History.” par. 11: “Bonnie and Clyde.” Famous Cases par. 4). Bonnie was a waitress when she met Clyde for the first time (Burke Par. 4). At the time Clyde was twenty-one and Bonnie was nineteen; when Bonnie and Clyde met, she was still legally married to Roy Thornton, who was in prison for murder;...

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