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Wednesday, May 23, 1934. :   Notorious US robbers, Bonnie and Clyde, are ambushed and killed.

     Bonnie Elizabeth Parker, born 1 October 1910, and Clyde "Champion" Chesnut Barrow, born 24 March 1909, both of Texas, were robbers and criminals who targetted small businesses and banks in the central United States during the Great Depression. Whilst it remains uncertain how and when they met, the pair teamed up immediately to become two of the US's most notorious robbers.

Barrow already had a criminal background, cracking safes, robbing stores and stealing cars, before he met Parker. He served two years in prison, where he was subjected to a variety of abuses; there is some conjecture that his aim was not to gain fame and fortune from robbing banks, but to seek revenge against the Texas Prison system for the abuses he suffered whilst incarcerated. However, public sympathy waned when Barrow's gang began murdering both civilians and lawmen.

Bonnie and Clyde and the "Barrow Gang" evaded numerous ambushes intended to secure their capture. However, Bonnie and Clyde were ambushed and killed on 23 May 1934, on a desolate road near their hideout in Bienville Parish, Louisiana. They were shot by a posse of four Texas and two Louisiana officers. The posse was led by former Texas Ranger captain Frank Hamer, who had begun tracking the pair on 10 February 1934, after being specifically hired by the Texas Department of Corrections with orders to put an end to Bonnie and Clyde.

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Thought For Today
Be honest and just when you make decisions in legal cases; do not show favouritism to the poor or fear the rich.
Leviticus 19:15 (c) GNB
A square deal is all any person wants out of life. Be consistent in your dealings and people will respect you.

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