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On Bloody Saga of Outlaws

By their ignominious deaths, shorn of the glamour that small minds saw in the sneaking and bloody exploits of their brief careers, Clyde Barrow, 24, and Bonnie Parker, 21, were being prepared Wednesday night for their return home.

With the unexpected and startling suddenness that characterized their deaths, the two were all but chopped to pieces by gunfire Wednesday morning near Gibsland. La.

Their bodies, badly mangled by the spray of bullets poured into them by officers in a highway trap, at night were in a morgue at Arcadia, La., being prepared for burial and John Bullock of the McKamy-Campbell funeral home was waiting to bring them to Dallas.

Father Claims Son

Henry Barrow, father of the notorious outlaw, went with Bullock to accompany the bodies back to Dallas.

Funeral services will be conducted in Dallas probably Thursday afternoon, members of the family said.

Clyde Barrow, whose career in crime during the last two and a half years made him one of the most notorious and widely sought outlaws in Southwestern history, first ran afoul of the law while little more than a child, officers recalled Wednesday night When 12 or 13 years old he was a member of a small West Dallas gang that specialized in stealing chickens and in other petty thefts. In 1926, when he was 16 years old, he was arrested on a charge of automobile theft. It was then his name was first entered in the records of the Dallas police department.

We Let Him Have It

He came still closer. I was positive. A truckload of logs was coming from the other way. Clyde began to slow down. All of us jumped up from behind that little mound. We had rifles and shotguns pointed at him.

By this time he was in fifty feet of us. He saw us and reached over grabbing for what we later learned was his gun. We let him have it. His head flew back. Bonnie toppled forward. The car careened to the left and ran into a sandbank. We didn't know whether we had killed them or not.

The Dallas man told of pilfering autos for the theft ring and when he decided to talk, called for a Dallas Deputy Sheriff who had served in an old and sensational political ring. State highway patrolmen who have worked under but one order since the slaying of two patrolmen at Grapevine "get Barrow" joined the Longview and Dallas officers in Winnsboro Wednesday night to lay in wait for the outlaws.

Branded Troublesome Punk

Following that he was arrested with fair regularity for various offenses by Dallas officers who branded him as a troublesome punk, but never dreamed he would develop into a dangerous killer.

Though he had been arrested on charges of theft, burglary and robbery in Fort Worth and Dallas on numerous occasions it was not until 1930 that he received his first and only sentence to the penitentiary, following a conviction at Waco on a charge of burglary. The sentence was for fourteen years but in February 1932, he was given a general parole by Gov. Ross Sterling. He almost immediately began his ruthless campaign in which he is accused of having committed twelve brutal murders, several kidnapings and numerous holdups. He also is accused of having criminally assaulted one woman in Arkansas, but many Dallas officers believe this to be a crime charged against him that he did not commit.

Joined by Parker Woman

Bonnie Parker, of whom officers had heard but little before she associated herself with Barrow, joined the outlaw shortly after he was paroled and was either present or assisting in most of the holdups and killings in which her outlaw consort took part, officers say. She was the wife of Roy Thornton, known as the torch man for a gang of burglars and robbers and who now is in the Texas nenitentiary.

The mothers of the two waited grimly and fearfully for what they felt certain was to come and did come Wednesday, to their children.

Mrs. Emma Davis. mother of the Parker woman, fainted when first notified of the deaths of the pair. After being revived she left her home in the afternoon, some said to visit relatives in Fort Worth.

"Oh" said Mrs. Barrow between choking sobs and in a voice of anguish- "and I asked God in prayer last night to let me see my boy just once more.

The report that Barrow and his consort had been killed brought-out expressions of jubilation and sighs of relief among Dallas officers generally. Dallas police had been seeking him since J. D. Bucher was robbed and killed at Hillsboro on April 30, 1932. Sheriff Smoot Schmid and several of his deputies had been devoting much time to the trail. Deputy Sheriff Malcolm Davis was shot and killed n West Dallas on Jan. 7, 1933, a week from the day that Schmid took office.