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1934: Gruesome Death of Lovers-Robbers Bonnie and Clyde

1934: Gruesome Death of Lovers-Robbers Bonnie and Clyde
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On this day police bullets killed Bonnie and Clyde, the famous lovers who committed a series of bank robberies, killing a dozen civilians and law enforcement officers during their criminal career. The ambush for Bonnie and Clyde was set by Texas Rangers led by Frank Hamer, who cleverly predicted their movements. Specifically, he tracked the movements of Bonnie and Clyde on the map and noticed that they operate within the borders of five states in the Midwest. With that strategy Bonnie and Clyde could always easily move from country to country and avoid prosecution by the local police (at that time there was no FBI).

Texas Ranger Hamer predicted that the couple would go through Louisiana and set up an ambush on a rural road. There were six policemen in the ambush, armed with automatic rifles, shotguns and pistols. At 9:15 that morning, the couple was seen approaching in a Ford V8. As soon as the car came closer, the officers began firing, first with automatic rifles. They emptied all the rifles before the car even reached them, and then they started shooting with shotguns. The car began to slow down and emit smoke. Nevertheless, officers continued to shoot and when the car stopped in a ditch they kept shooting at it with pistols until they exhausted all their ammunition.

The bullet-riddled remains of the lovers were found in the car. The bodies of 23-year-old Bonnie and 25-year-old Clyde were hit about fifty times. They had so many holes that the embalming fluid could not remain inside them. Although they wanted to be buried together side by side, their families did not allow it. The famous movie with Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway was made based on the tragic love story of Bonnie and Clyde.

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