In the 1930s, most North Texas residents told and retold Bonnie and Clyde stories, embellishing the tales each time. From robbing the local bank or looting Uncle Gus’s gas station to stealing Aunt Sue’s car, America was captivated with Bonnie and Clyde stories.
After the famous duo was ambushed, their stolen bullet-riddled Ford V8 car was displayed at county fairs across the country. People stood in line for over an hour to get a glimpse of this car that had over a hundred bullet holes. As a lad, my father observed the blood stains, shattered windshield and bullet holes while at a fair. That car can now be seen at the Primm Hotel and Casino at Primm, Nevada.
Pulp magazines and the 1967 film starring Faye Dunaway and Warren Beatty enhanced America’s fascination with Bonnie and Clyde.
Hear the real story of Bonnie and of Clyde from Clyde Barrow’s nephew Buddy Barrow and historian Charles Heard at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, June 21, at the Allen Public Library.
Dallas native and son of Clyde’s younger brother L.C. Barrow, Buddy Barrow will share stories of his infamous uncle that he heard from his family since childhood. Possessing an expertise in Bonnie and Clyde history, Buddy has given tours and presented programs for over two decades. He has appeared on Bonnie and Clyde, American Experience – PBS; Natural Born Outlaws - American Hero Channel; Time Watch: The Real Bonnie and Clyde - National Geographic Channel; and Crime Wave: 18 Months of Mayhem - History Channel.
A graduate of UT Dallas with post graduate studies in Pop Culture at Oxford University, England, Charles Heard is the author of Hollywood's Hellfire Club and contributor to Go Down Together by Jeff Guinn, The Family Story of Bonnie and Clyde by Philip Steele, and Countess Dracula by Greg Man. Charles is the co-founder of the Bonnie and Clyde Ambush Museum in Gibsland, Louisiana. He has appeared on the History Channel, A&E Network, WFAA Channel 8, FOX 4 and Dallas Morning News.
The library is located at 300 N. Allen Dr. Sponsored by the Allen Public Library, the program is free. Call 214-509-4911 for additional information.