Wednesday, August 09, 2006


I never knew that the shooting of Bonnie and Clyde was considered “controversial.”

They swore they would never be taken alive and Frank Hamer took them at their word. The gang had already left 9 dead lawmen in their wake.

I guess people are still enthralled by the movie hype. They get Dunaway and Beatty confused with Parker and Barrow. That’s the only way I can explain tripe like this.

Despite the mythmakers efforts, they were not Romeo and Julliet. Nor were they Depression-era Robin Hoods. They did not rob banks to help the poor; they preyed on struggling grocers and gas station owners.

The Mike Royko column found on this page shows the human toll exacted by Clyde’s two year joyride.

Bryan Burrough, in his terrific book Public Enemies hits the nail on the head with his final judgment of the pair.

Art has now done for Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow something they could never achieve in life: it has taken a shark-eyed multiple murderer and his deluded girlfriend and transformed them into sympathetic characters, imbuing them with a cuddly likability they did not possess, and a cultural signifigance they do not deserve.

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