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The Texas Hill Country’s 5 Most Notorious Outlaws

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Bonnie and Clyde captured the imagination and adventurous spirit of the entire country during a four-year crime streak that took them from the humble towns of the Texas Hill Country to the northern reaches of the United States.

While their romance is exploited in Hollywood movies and books, the young outlaw lovers were never married. In fact, Bonnie was married to Roy Thornton, who himself was an abusive husband and thief. Thornton and Bonnie were still married when he eventually heard of her death while in prison.

Bonnie and Clyde did not rob many banks. They believed the targets were too hard and made difficult marks, instead they focused on gas stations and grocery stores. The duo often resorted to kidnapping as a means for escape. They ironically captured and jokingly prepaid a funeral worker who would eventually embalm their bodies upon their deaths.

After an infamous escape from police during a raid, pictures, poems and other romanticized artifacts were recovered and widely circulated adding to the star struck bandits’ fame across the country. The nation’s interest would eventually sour after the pair shot and killed a police officer during one of their heists.

Bonnie and Clyde’s staunch attachment to their Texas families became a tool for their undoing, as a member of their gang, Henry Methvin, would turn on the couple and expose their vulnerability to the authorities. Methvin and his father pretended to have car trouble, allowing the authorities an opportunity to catch up to the famous thieves.

Surrounded, Bonnie and Clyde ran to their car to evade capture, the police unleashed a torrent of 150 rounds into the vehicle, nearly a third of which struck the two bandits. Much like Romeo and Juliet, the pair would die together and be immortalized by Hollywood.

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The Texas Hill Country’s 5 Most Notorious Outlaws
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