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Vicious Bonnie and Clyde Letter Sent to Gang Member Up For Auction

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Infamous Great Depression-era criminals Bonnie and Clyde sent a letter to an old gang member in the Dallas County Jail to let him know that they were not exactly happy with him. According to CBS News, they wrote, “I should have killed you then I would have saved myself much bother and money looking for you.”

The four page letter, which was most likely handwritten by Bonnie but dictated by Clyde, called their ex-gang member “yellow” for allowing himself to be caught so easily after robbing a Texas bank.

Soon, this handwritten peek into the past will go up for auction through the Boston-based RR Auction. The letter could go for an estimated $40,000 since collectors are still completely fascinated by this pair of gangsters. Even the FBI‘s website refers to their final days as “one of the most colorful and spectacular manhunts the nation had seen up to that time.” In 2012, RR Auction sold two of their guns for $500,000.

Bonnie and Clyde met in Texas in 1930 and were killed in 1934. During their time together, historians suspect they “committed 13 murders and several robberies and burglaries.” This letter shows only a tiny glance at their unapologetic harshness and proclivity towards baffling extremes.