Death in Louisiana|
Long Hunt Over Three States Is Ended
as Six Officers Ambush Pair
in Speeding Auto
BY J. R. BRADFIELD JR.
ARCADIA, La., May 23.Volleys of lead from the guns of six ambuscaded
officers brought swift death Wednesday morning to Clyde Barrow, notorious
Dallas desperado, and Bonnie Parker, his woman companion down the trail of
crime. The Dallas Deputy Sheriffs, Bob Alcorn and Ted Hinton; two former
Texas rangers, Frank Hamer and M. T. Gault, who are members of the Texas
highway patrol working under special orders to "Get Barrow;" Sheriff Henderson Jordan and Deputy Sheriff Curtis Oakley of Bienville Paris, comprised the posse which shot down the much-hunted pair on the highway eight miles from Gibsland at 9:15 a. m. Wednesday.
Not a shot was fired by either Barrow or Parker but the bandit was reaching down for his gun when the officers turned loose their deadly fusillade. The car careened to one side of the road as the man fell backward and the woman forward. Fearing the two might be stalling, the officers stepped out from their ambuscade and poured more bullets into the wrecked auto, but they were not needed. Both Barrow and Parker were dead. Their bodies were brought in later to an undertaking establishment here, which quickly was jammed by ever-growing crowds of people, all anxious to get a look at the notorious couple.
It was a long and hard trail that ended on a lonely road near the little Louisiana town of Gibsland. Alcorn and Hinton had been following the elusive desperadoes for many days. Their hunt had been all over Northern Louisiana and East Texas and had dipped into Mississippi and South Texas. The father of Henry Methyn, freed from a Texas prison farm with Raymond Hamilton by the daring Barrow, lives in this vicinity. The officers learned definitely that Clyde and Bonnie had traversed the Gibsland road a few. days ago. They figured the two would return.
Find Perfect Ambush
"We took a chance that they would come," Aleorn said. "We found a
perfect ambush behind *an embankment and took our places at 2 o'clock Wednesday morning. Sheriff Jordan
had been tipped off that Clyde was planning to rob a bank at Arcadia. Hamer and Gault had information that led them to believe the pair would come .this way. So we laid down and waited.
"Daylight came, but no desperadoes.
At 9 o'clock we were about ready to
give up, but while we were discussing
whether to stay or leave, I glanced
down the road and, some distance
away, saw a car whizzing along that
looked like the one we knew Barrow
"That's Clyde, sure as the world,"
I exclaimed, and we kept perfectly
still and watched as it came over a
hill, just a little way north of us.
It was coming fast, but just before
it got to us. a truckload of logs coming form the other direction made
Clyde slow down. I got a good look
then and told the bunch, 'That's
"We raised up. Clyde saw us and
reached down, we knew for his gun.
We began firing. Bonnie never raised
the machine gun, which she had on
her lap. Clyde fell back before he
could get hold of the weapon his hand
sought. Our long chase was over."
Runs Right Into Trap
ARCADIA, La., May 23.Clyde
Barrow, notorious Texas outlaw, and
his cigar-smoking gunwoman, Bonnie
Parker, were ambushed and shot to
death near here Wednesday in a sensational encounter with a posse led
by an old-time Texas ranger.
The law-breaking desperado, whizzing along the Big Road highway at
eighty-five miles an hour, ran right
into a trap set for him.
Before he or Bonnie Parker could
get their guns into action, the officers
riddled them with bullets.
Barrow's car, running wild,
careened from the road and smashed
into an embankment. As the wheels
spun, the posse continued to fire until
the car was almost shot to pieces.
The body of the gunman, who four
years ago was a minor hoodlum
scarcely known outside of Dallas, was
found slumped behind the steering
wheel, a revolver in one hand.
Girl Still Clutched Gun
Bonnie Parker died with her head
between her knees. She still was
clutching the machine gun.
"We killed Clyde and Bonnie at 9:15
this morning,"' reported Ted Hinton,
one of the Texas officers, to the Sheriff's office in Dallas. "They were at
Black Lake, a hideout we had been
watching for weeks."
Frank Hamer, former captain of the
Texas rangers, who had been waiting in the brush for days for Barrow
to come by on his regular run, added:
"Barrow and Parker did not get to
fire a shot. Their car was full of guns
and ammunition, but they did not
get a chance to use them."
In the wrecked car were three army
rifles, two sawed-off shotguns, a
dozen pistols and large quantities of
ammunition, besides Bonnie Parker's
machine gun. The bodies were left
temporarily in the automobile awaiting the Coroner's arrival.
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Branded Troublesome Punk
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.
Dillinger Friend Sentenced
With Hamer and Hinton in the ambush near here were B. M. Gault,
highway patrolman; Bob Alcorn of Dallas County, Texas, and Louisiana officers.
Sheriff Jordan of Bienville Parish
said he had received a tip that the
First National Bcxnk of Arcadia was
to be robbed Wednesday or Thursday
and iinmediately had notified Texas
Barrow came from Benton Tuesday
afternoon and passed through Gibsland about 4 o'clock and again
Wednesday morning, Jordan said.
Jordan and his deputy, Paul M. Oakley, were waiting at the top of the
hill with the Texans.
In Dallas Mrs. Henry Barrow,
mother of Barrow, cried in anguish.
"And, I prayed only last night,"
she Bobbed, "that I might see him
alive again, just once more."
Barrow's father, working at his filling station, west of Dallas, made only
one remark. He said he guessed his
wife would be going to Louisiana.
Bonnie Parker's mother, Mrs. Emma
Parker, also a resident of Dallas,
fainted when informed by telephone
of her daughter's death.
Hamer Maps Roads
Bit by bit, Hamer, one of the best
known peace officers in Texas, and
his aids had pieced together a map of
the highways Barrow was in the habit
of using. Several weeks ago they
barely missed the outlaw and his
companion in this same section.
Since then the officers had been sitting and waiting.
Barrow, whose custom was to shoot
on the drop of a hat and to escape in
high-powered automobiles, was wanted in several States for charges ranging from small thefts to murder. He
was accused to killing a dozen men,
most of them officers.
Bonnie Parker, wife of a convict,
was charged by officers with having
taken an active part in most of Barrow's recent crimes. She, too, was
known as vain and boastful.
Several times she was photographed
with her belt weighted down with
The couple's life became more and
more harried of late as the law gradually closed in around them. Darting
out of an isolated retreat at midnight, they would drive at furious speeds to some other rendezvous sometimes several hundred miles away. Resting only a few hours, they would dash on again.
Bonnie Parker v/as believed to have
been with Barrow and his brother,
Huck, when a posse cornered the gang
near Dexter, Iowa, July 24. 1933. Buck
was killed, but Clyde and Bonnie
Hamer Tells of Killing
ST. LOUIS, Mo.. May 23 "We
just shot the devil out of them."
Thus Frank Hamer, former Texas
Ranger Captain, Wednesday described
in a copyrighted telephone interview
with the St. Louis Post-Dispatch the
slaying near Arcadia, La., of Clyde
Barrow and his woman companion
"I can tell you what happened this morning. We just shot's
all there was to it. We just laid a trap
for them. A steel trap. You know,
Bessemer steel, like gun barrels are made of.
There were six of us, two Deputy
Sheriffs from Dallas, a Texas State
highway patrolman. Sheriff Henderson Jordan of Arcadia and his deputy,
Mr. ^akiey, and myself.
They Reached Too Slow
"We were hiding beside the road
All six of us on one sidev/e didn't
want any cross-fireand wl^en they
came along we hollered at them to
stop. They both reached for their guns,
but were kind of slow. Seemed like
they must have had cramps or some-
"They were too slow. They didn't
get to fire a shot. The car smashed
into an embankment after we fired.
Clyde was driving when we tried to
stop them. Bonnie was sitting beside
"Now don't, please, put in your
paper that I'm with the rangers. I'm
not. I was for twenty-seven years, but
when they elected a woman Governor,
I quit. That was on Nov. 1, 1932, just
before she took office."
Hamer said he had been searching
for Barrow and Parker for the last
six months. He said he had been em-ployed by a law officer to make the
search but declined to say what agency
employed him "because there's some
other tough-shooting fellows I may be
hired to go after."
Bonnies Sister Not Surprised
From the Fort Worth Bureau of The News.
FORT WORTH, Texas, May 23.
"I've been expecting it to end this
way." said Mrs. BUUe Mace, 21, Bonnie Parker's sister, Wednesday when
she was informed of the killing of
Clyde Barrow and her sister, Bonnie
Parker, by officers in Louisiana.
Mrs. Mace is in ihe Tarrant County
jail under murder charges growing
out of the slaying of Highway Patrolmen Wheeler and Murphy near
Grapevine on Easter Sunday, a crime
for which her sister and Barrow already had been indicted.
Floyd Hamilton, brother of Raymond Hamilton, who was charged
with Mrs. Mace, is still in jail at
Crockett and probably will not be
brought here until the grand jury acts on the case. Clyde and Bonnie escaped.
"I'm glad it's all over," she added.
"It is much better that they were
both killed rather than to have been
Aunt Not Sorry
CARLSBAD, N. M., May 23
Breaking a two-year silence forced
upon her by fear of her own life, Mrs.
E. M. Stamps, aunt of Bonnie Parker,
slain with Clyde Barrow in Louisiana,
said Wednesday night she was not
sorry her niece was dead but did regret the manner in which she was
"I am glad she is dead, but I am
sorry she had to go the way she did,
without repenting, because she surely
is in hell," Mrs. Stamps said.
Miss Parker brought Barrow and
Raymond Hamilton, whose identity
she then only suspected, to the Stamps
home near here for a four-day cooling-off in August, 1932.
Mrs. Stamps telephoned the Sheriff
and Joe Johns, a deputy. They arrived alone and unarmed and were
covered »by Barrow and Hamilton.
Johns was kidnaped and taken as
hostage to San Antonio where he was
"From that day to this," Mrs. Stamps
said, "I have lived in mortal fear of
my life. I have hardly slept a wink
for fear they would return and punish
me for reporting them."
Special Medals Proposed
Special to The News
SAN ANTONIO, Texas, May 23
Representative Harold Kayton
Wednesday said he would propose that
the Legislature authorize special medals for slayers of Clyde Barrow and
Bonnie Parker. Police recalled that
Barrow was once arrested in San Antonio about seven years ago on a