Few criminals have intrigued us more than Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow and few crimes have attracted more attention than their grisly, two-year rampage across the South in the early 1930s. E.R. Milner aims to cut through myth and legend in this portrait of the real Bonnie and Clyde, drawing on obscure locally published accounts, court records and archived but unpublished oral histories from 60 victims, neighbours and police. The book examines the forces that brought the two together and traces their violent path through gun battles and narrow escapes to their deaths by ambush in 1934. Supplemented by photographs as well as personal diaries and letters - including the poem The Story of Bonnie and Clyde , written by Bonnie herself - Milner's tale aims to match the pace of the infamous outlaws' wild crime spree, capturing the spirited romance of the pair as well as the breadth of their popular and historic legacy.
Clyde Barrow and Bonnie Parker burst upon the American Southwest in the Great Depression year of 1932. At the time of Clyde's first involvement in a murder, people paid little attention to the event. He was just another violent hoodlum in a nation with a growing list of brutal criminals, which included Al Capone, John Dillinger, Pretty Boy Floyd, and the Barker gang. Not until Bonnie and Clyde joined forces did the public become intrigued. The phrase 'Bonnie and Clyde' took on an electrifying and exotic meaning that has abated little in the past sixty years. --E. R. Milner, from the Prologue