Bonnie and Clyde: What Makes ‘Em Tick?

As with all people, it’s important to know not just where Bonnie and Clyde came from and what they enjoyed doing, but what kind of people they were; who they were inside.

Bonnie dreamed of stardom and sent glamor shots to Hollywood, though to our knowledge none of them came to fruition. She had many marketable talents: singing, acting, writing, playing the violin, photography, and, of course, good looks and charm.

Bonnie Parker was raised mainly by her mother, Emma. Emma made sure all of her children, but especially Bonnie, acted better than everyone else. She ensured her children were educated, worked hard, and respectable people, which reflected well back to Emma. Surely an elitist attitude like that caused Bonnie a lot of resentment for not being accepted as an actress, and it may have been a factor in her choosing a life of crime.

Clyde, on the other hand, was raised on a farm by his religious, loving parents who instilled Christian values in their children. He worked hard, usually to very little monetary gain. The Barrows were poor, and remained that way for their whole lives (those who weren’t stealing, that is). Clyde had many run-ins with the law, even as a child. He first went to jail when he was 17, after stealing a truck full of turkeys with his brother, Buck.

The Barrows moved around a lot, seeking the figurative greener grass, yet never seeming find it. Their family farm was taken from them, having not yielded the fortune Clyde’s parents had hoped for. When they bought the gas station, Clyde’s father Henry knew it would be a low-yield business. He traded good with neighbors to compensate for the lost money, most mentionable the illegal liquor he made, which was in high demand during the prohibition-era in which they lived.

So there we have it. Two young folks with nothing to lose met one fateful evening. One faced with failure, both in her marriage and in her dream career; the other having scraped the bottom of the barrel his whole life. He had a plan; she believed it could be done. They both wanted a better lot in life than they had been dealt. The rest, as they say, is history.

And just what is that history, you may ask? Most people only know Bonnie and Clyde were outlaws. What kind of legacy did they leave behind? That, my friends, you’ll have to come see for yourselves!