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Bonnie and Clyde in Oklahoma by Rick Mattix Two of the Southwests more noted desperados during the early 1930s were Clyde Barrow and Bonnie Parker Bonnie and Clyde or the Bloody Barrows as they were then commonly called terrorized the country from Texas to Iowa and back for two years slaughtering at least a dozen men most of whom were peace officers They regularly visited Oklahoma in the course of their depredations Raised in the slums of West Dallas Clyde Chestnut Barrow or Clyde Champion as he preferred to be called and Bonnie Parker Thornton apparently met in early 1930 He was the son of a former sharecropper who now ran a gas station in West Dallas Both Clyde and his older brother Buck then in Huntsville Prison had been arrested several times for burglary and car theft Bonnie as yet had no record but did have a husband Roy Thornton who was doing 99 years at Huntsville as an habitual criminal She briefly found solace with Clyde Barrow but their budding romance was interrupted by police who hauled Barrow off to Waco where he was wanted for a series of burglaries and car thefts Clyde pleaded guilty to two burglaries and five car thefts and was sentenced to two years with 12 years probation On March 11 1930 he escaped from the Waco jail with two other men William Turner and Emory Abernathy The suspicion was that Marvin Buck Barrow having escaped three days earlier from Huntsville arranged Clydes jailbreak According to Bonnies relatives and Clydes fellow escapee William Turner it was Bonnie who smuggled the a gun into Clydes cell At any rate Barrow Turner and Abernathy left Bonnie behind and lit out for Middleton Ohio where they were arrested on March 18 after robbing a railroad depot of 5797 The three were soon returned to Texas in chains accompanied by Sheriff Leslie Stegall of Waco CLYDE IN PRISON
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