BIENVILLE PARISH, LA (WAFB) - On May 23, 1934, bank robbers Clyde Barrow and Bonnie Parker were shot to death in a police ambush in Bienville Parish, La.
On Thursday, exactly 79 years later, Louisiana State Police shared Clyde's fingerprint card on their Facebook page. In the picture post, they thanked LSP Criminal Records for sharing the image with them.
According to the FBI, Clyde Champion Barrow and Bonnie Parker met in Texas in January, 1930. At the time, Bonnie was 19 and married to an imprisoned murderer; Clyde was 21 and unmarried. Soon after, he was arrested for a burglary and sent to jail. He escaped, using a gun Bonnie had smuggled to him, was recaptured and was sent back to prison. Clyde was paroled in February 1932, rejoined Bonnie, and resumed a life of crime.
Clyde was wanted for murder, robbery, kidnapping and, according to the FBI, was suspected of numerous killings.
At the time the couple was killed in 1934, they were believed to have committed 13 murders and several robberies and burglaries.
According to the FBI, Barrow, for example, was suspected of "murdering two police officers at Joplin, Missouri and kidnapping a man and a woman in rural Louisiana. He released them near Waldo, Texas. Numerous sightings followed, linking this pair with bank robberies and automobile thefts. Clyde allegedly murdered a man at Hillsboro, Texas; committed robberies at Lufkin and Dallas, Texas; murdered one sheriff and wounded another at Stringtown, Oklahoma; kidnapped a deputy at Carlsbad, New Mexico; stole an automobile at Victoria, Texas; attempted to murder a deputy at Wharton, Texas; committed murder and robbery at Abilene and Sherman, Texas; committed murder at Dallas, Texas; abducted a sheriff and the chief of police at Wellington, Texas; and committed murder at Joplin and Columbia, Missouri."
In the early morning hours on May 23, 1934, a posse composed of police officers from Louisiana and Texas, including Texas Ranger Frank Hamer, hid in bushes along the highway near Sailes, Louisiana. Just as the sun came up, Bonnie and Clyde appeared in an automobile and when they tried to drive away, the officers opened fire. Bonnie and Clyde were killed instantly. Clyde was 25 years old and Bonnie was 23.