The real Bonnie & Clyde: Texas officers trap and kill notorious duo in shootout (1934)

Bonnie and Clyde with their car

Texas officers trap and kill Clyde Barrow & Bonnie Parker
Outlaw’s auto runs into ambush in Louisiana

Pair are riddled with bullets on highway near Black Lake before their machine runs into embankment

Former ranger directs pursuit and attack — fugitives, weapons in their hands, unable to fire a shot

Black Lake, Louisiana – Clyde Barrow, the Southwest’s No. 1 outlaw, and his gunwoman companion, Bonnie Parker, were trapped and shot dead by Texas and Louisiana officers near here today.

Disregarding a command to halt and unable to get their weapons into play, the desperado and his cigar-smoking companion crumpled up in the front seat of a speeding car. The car careened into an embankment and was wrecked.

In the wreckage, the officers who had set the trap found both bodies riddled with bullets. The woman was almost doubled over the machine gun she had held in her lap. Barrow’s body was twisted behind the steering wheel, a revolver gripped in one hand.

The real Bonnie & Clyde killed: Work of former Ranger

The trap was arranged by Frank Hamer, a former Texas Ranger; B. M. Gault, a highway patrolman, and Ted Hinton and Bob Alcorn, Dallas County Sheriffs. Hamer was recently commissioned as a highway patrolman by the State of Louisiana for the special purpose of getting his man — and, in this case, his gunwoman.

Hamer had learned of the highways frequented by the pair, and with Gault. had been scouting the Black Lake hideout two months.

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Several weeks ago, they barely missed the pair at the rendezvous. After that, they adopted a policy of “sitting and waiting.”

The robbers’ trail was picked up this morning by Hamer and three Texas Ranger associates in Bossier Parish, where Barrow was reported to have relatives residing. They followed the car to Bienville Parish. where the Rangers were joined by Sheriff Henderson Jordan and a staff of deputies.

With the posse hiding in brush along the paved highway. Barrow’s car broke over the horizon at a high speed.

Story of killing the real Bonnie & Clyde

The officers were concealed in high grass over a distance of about half a block when they sighted Barrow’s car approaching the hill. There were two trucks on the Castor-Gibsland road, going in opposite directions, according to a correspondent of the Shreveport Journal. These trucks served as an extra shield against discovery by Barrow and his companion, who were first fired upon by Deputy Sheriff Oakley. He used a shotgun loaded with buckshot, and he fired quickly after ordering Barrow to stop, which warning Barrow ignored.

Barrow opened a door of the ear evidently to fire a sawed-off shotgun which he held in one hand, but Deputy Oakley and the five other officers who immediately joined in the shooting were too quick.

Barrow’s car. after moving about half a block from the point where Deputy Oakley opened fire went into the embankment. but was not seriously damaged except one wheel, which had been shot purposely, and the body of the car, which was peppered with missiles from the officers’ guns.

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Ex-Ranger tells how he ran down Clyde Barrow

A Post-Dispatch reporter who talked with Frank Hamer, former Captain of the Texas Rangers, by long-distance telephone at Arcadia, La., this afternoon, was informed by Hamar that he had been searching for Clyde Barrow and Bonnie Parker, the outlaw’s gun-toting woman companion, for the last six months.

Hamer said he had been employed as a law officer to make the search but declined to say what agency employed him, “because there’s some other tough-shooting fellows I may be hired to go after.”

“Sure,” he said. “I can tell you what happened this morning. We just shot the devil out of them, that’s all. That’s all there was to it. We just laid a trap for them. A steel trap. You know, Bessemer steel, like gun barrels are made of.

“There were six of us, two deputy sheriffs from Dallas, a Texas State Highway patrolman, Sheriff Henderson Jordan of Arcadia and his deputy, Mr. Oakley, and myself.

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“We were hiding beside the road. All six of us on one side — we didn’t want any cross-fire — and when they came along we hollered at them to stop. They both reached for their guns, but they were kind of slow. Seemed like they must have had cramps or something.

“They were too slow. They didn’t get to fire a shot. The car smashed into an embankment after we fired. Clyde was driving when we tried to stop them. Bonnie was sitting beside him.

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“Now don’t, please, put it in your paper that I’m with the Rangers. I’m not. I was for 27 years, but when they elected a woman Governor, I quit. That was on Nov. 1, 1932, just before she took office.”

A few years ago Hamer was stationed at one end of a bridge over a river that separates Texas and Oklahoma when the Governors of those states were in a dispute as to whether the bridge should be opened or closed. Oklahoma National Guardsmen were impressed when the Ranger captain, who has survived many pistol encounters, organized a pistol shoot and entertained the guardsmen by splitting matches with revolver bullets.

The real Bonnie & Clyde: Outlaw, supposed woman aid, and Ranger who trapped them

Texas officers trap and kill Bonnie and Clyde

Upper right, rogue’s gallery [mugshot] photograph of Clyde Barrow. The picture of the woman, identified by police as a likeness of Bonnie Parker, was found with others in a house the outlaw had occupied near Joplin, Mo. Lower right, Frank Hamar, former Texas Ranger, who recently was commissioned as a highway patrolman to run down the fugitive pair.

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