Where the crime careers of two punks who became folklore, Bonnie and Clyde, began, and ended:
It always amazes me that this building has survived the test of time. This was the Barrow family home and gas station on Eagle Ford Road, now Singleton Road, in Dallas Texas. Clyde was living here when he met Bonnie.
Bonnie and Tim: At this house three blocks from the Barrow gas station, Bonnie and Clyde killed their first police officer, Malcolm Davis. On January 6th 1933, police were waiting at this house for another fugitive not Bonnie or Clyde. While Bonnie waited in the car while it idled, Clyde went up the walk to the house to pick up a friend. Suddenly suspecting something was wrong, he fired a shot through the window on the right side of the house as he stepped up on the porch. When police rounded the house from the left side, Bonnie began firing a gun from the car, but Clyde killed the Deputy Sheriff with a shotgun from about where I’m standing in December of 2015. The top picture is a police photo from the scene of the crime.
On Easter Sunday, April 1, 1934, Bonnie and Clyde committed the crime that sealed their fates. On Old Dove Road in Grapevine, Texas, Bonnie and Clyde where waiting to meet their families here when two motorcycle patrolman, E. B. Wheeler and H. D. Murphy turned onto the road thinking they might be stranded and in need of help. Like Clyde said later on, they never would have gone up that road if they knew Bonnie and Clyde were in that car! Clyde and Henry Methvin, a recently new gang member whose father would later betray Bonnie and Clyde, opened up on the policemen. The top photos are from a police reenactment film taken at the spot of the murders, but most historians agree that Bonnie didn’t do any of the shooting during this particular crime. Many people who had thought of them as modern day Robin Hoods changed their minds after this, and an all out effort to find and kill them began. A Historical Marker is now at the site.
A vintage Picture looking up Dove Road after the shooting of the motorcycle Officers: The photographer was standing about where the Officers were shot as they approached Bonnie and Clyde. My photo is the same view today.
Their two year robbing and killing spree ended on this lonely road near Gibsland, Louisiana on May 23, 1934 in a hail of posse bullets. Bonnie, whose body is still in the car in the ambush photo, summed it all up in a poem she once sent to a newspaper;
Some day they’ll go down together.
They’ll bury them side by side.
To few it’ll be grief,
to the law a relief.
But it’s death for Bonnie and Clyde.