The Truth About The Death Of Bonnie And Clyde – And Why One Of Them Died In Their Socks

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Image: Hulton Archive/Getty Images
Image: Hulton Archive/Getty Images

It’s May 1934, and Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow are running out of time. Both the authorities and the public want them dead, you see, after news broke of the couple’s murderous crime spree. Yet the notorious pair have no idea that they’re walking into an ambush when they arrive in Shreveport, Louisiana. Here, officers are hiding in the bushes, ready to fire 130 rounds into the lovers’ car.

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Image: -/AFP/GettyImages

Both Bonnie and Clyde died that day, with their bodies full of holes from dozens of bullets. And yet amid such a gruesome scene, one small detail may have stood out. One of the gangsters was wearing just a pair of socks with no shoes – but they were dressed like this for good reason.

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Image: YouTube/Yesterday Today

Legend has it that the connection between Bonnie Elizabeth Parker and Clyde Chestnut Barrow was instantly palpable. In fact, some historians say that the then 19-year-old Bonnie was so smitten with 20-year-old Clyde that she didn’t hesitate in joining him on his life of crime. And it appeared that she had a taste for outlaws, too, as her first husband was ultimately put behind bars for life following a conviction for murder.

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