I saw a news story yesterday talking about some Bonnie and Clyde items being auctioned off, In this auction is a shotgun used by the duo.
The pump-action shotgun was recovered by police following a gun fight with the outlaws in 1933 in which two officers were killed and is now tipped to sell for £60,000.
The collection, expected to make a total of £120,000, also includes a gold wristwatch recovered from Clyde’s body following his death a year later in another shoot-out.
Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow met in Texas in 1930 and are believed to have committed 13 murders and several robberies and burglaries by the time they died in 1934.
The public were enamored with the pair during the Public Enemies era of the Great Depression, as they gained headlines for evading the authorities in shoot-outs and making daring getaways.
Probably one of the USA’s more famous outlaw stories that is of interest to millions of people. The recent Netflix film, The Highwaymen is the story told from the side of the two TX Rangers who chased them down and made them into good criminals. They did this by putting about 2 tons of lead into both of them.
After the shootout police found the following weapons in Clyde’s car:
Three .30-caliber BARs
One 20-gauge Model 11 shotgun (Bonnie’s)
One 10-gauge Winchester Model 1901 lever-action shotgun
One .32-caliber M1903 Colt automatic pistol
One .38 Colt Detective Special revolver (Bonnie’s)
One .25-caliber Colt automatic
One .45-caliber Colt M1909 revolver
Seven .45-caliber M1911 automatic pistols
100 loaded BAR magazines
3000 rounds of assorted ammunition
15 sets of license tags from various states
Bonnie and Clyde’s notorious gang had a shootout near Dexter, Iowa, in 1933
Marvin Barrow is surrounded by officers and deputies as he lay on ground at edge of Dexfield park, just after the capture. Barrow was shot through the head with a machine gun. This photo was originally published on July 24, 1933.
Capture of Blanche Barrow 1933
July 7, 1933: Clyde and Buck Barrow steal weapons from an armory in Enid, Oklahoma.
July 20, 1933: Buck Barrow is fatally shot when lawmen raid the gang’s hideout at the Red Crown Tavern near Platte City, Missouri. The gang manages to escape, but Buck’s days are numbered. Three lawmen are wounded, none seriously. For more on the Red Crown hideout.
July 24, 1933: Buck Barrow is wounded again in a shootout near an abandoned amusement park outside Dexter, Iowa. Buck Barrow and his wife, Blanche, are captured. A photograph of Blanche (above) becomes famous. Bonnie Parker, nursing burns from the June 10 auto accident, has to be carried by Jones during a torturous escape.
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