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Children’s Books: The Rotten Glamour of an Outlaw Couple

‘Some day they’ll go down together; / They’ll bury them side by side; / To few it’ll be grief— / To the law a relief— / But it’s death for Bonnie and Clyde.” Thus read the last stanza of a poem eulogizing the outlaws Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow, written by the gun moll herself. The poem appeared in a Dallas newspaper on May 23, 1934, the day the couple died in a police ambush in Louisiana. For the previous two years, the lovers and their confederates in the Barrow Gang had lived on the run, robbing banks, stealing cars and killing. For all their depredations, the young, attractive, snappily dressed pair captured the…

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