'MORE FANTASTIC THAN FICTION AND MORE AMAZING THAN THE HISTORY OF ANY DESPERADO OF THE EARLY WEST.'
So wrote one newspaper editor of the period when reflecting on the career of America's notorious crime duo - Bonnie and Clyde.To be more accurate we should refer to Clyde Barrow and Bonnie Parker; for Bonnie met and latched onto Clyde after he had already begun his career in crime. They soon became inseparable lovers yet no gangster's moll ever became as famous as Bonnie Parker.They were a product of the Depression years when a crime-wave, fuelled by Prohibition, gripped the United States. The Barrow gang, whose hangers-on changed frequently, lived by robbing banks, stealing cars and holding up stores and filling stations. Clyde personally participated in ten of the twelve murders of which the gang is accused, and he most probably personally pulled the trigger on seven people.Once Clyde had blood on his hands there was no going back, yet his miraculous escapes from police road-blocks and at least nine pitched gun-battles earned him a reputation of invincibility. Only through the betrayal of a former gang member were he and his lover gunned down in a carefully staged ambush to bring to an end their two-year crime spree.Separating fact from fiction, this is the first publication which revisits the scenes of all their known and proven crimes across 500,000 miles of the American Midwest and Southwest. Presented in After the Battle's usual 'then and now' format, 70 years on we picture the locations of the robberies and shoot-outs . . . and seek out graves of those who died . . . lest their victims be overshadowed and forgotton by the legendary exploits of Bonnie and Clyde.