The real Bonnie Parker, half of ‘Bonnie and Clyde’ with Clyde Barrow, was one of America's most famous outlaws in the 1930s, robbing banks and small businesses. Their 21-month crime spree spanned Texas, Oklahoma, New Mexico, and Missouri, where they killed at least 13 people and escaped from the police before they were killed at a roadblock near Gibsland, Louisiana, on May 23, 1934.
I just came across the most interesting family story of momento mori. The above photo on the left is the bloggers maternal great-grandfather, George. George had a twin sister that died in infancy. No photo was taken of her. To remedy that, they dressed George as a girl (which he looks pretty unhappy about) so they could ostensibly have a photo of the deceased daughter too. (I put the photos together myself so I wasn't able to pin from her blog, but I will attach it below.
"Machine Gun" Kelly (1895-1954), seen with his wife, Kathryn, got his nickname thanks to his favorite weapon, a Thompson submachine gun. His crimes included kidnapping, robbery and bootlegging. His gang’s most famous crime was kidnapping oil tycoon Charles F. Urschel in July 1933. Urschel memorized evidence that helped the FBI find and arrest Kelly and his wife.
Often Bonnie and Clyde would set up secret meetings with their families: standing left to right are Billie Jean Mace(bonnie's sister), Clyde Barrow, Cumie Barrow(Clyde's Mother) and LC Barrow (Clyde's youngest brother) In front, Left to right, are Marie Barrow(Clyde's youngest sister), Emma Parker (Bonnie's mother), and Bonnie Parker
Bonnie and Clyde photographed with Henry Methvin and Joe Palmer, 1934. Henry Methvin was the final member of Bonnie and Clyde’s gang and whose father, Ivan Methvin, was handcuffed to tree and used his log truck to slow them down so they could shoot...