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Part of Parker's Childhood|
Was Lived in Oklahoma Town
Where Pair Killed Constable
MIAMI, Ok., May 23 - The
prime-stained career of Bonnie Parker began not far from the little mining town of Commerce, ten miles
north of here, where she and her gangster companion, Clyde Barrow, made their last cold-blooded attack
on the law last April 6.
At Commerce she and Barrow and
another man, believed to have been
Henry Methvin. a fugitive convict,
shot and killed Cal Campbell, 63-year-old Constable, and wounded and kidnaped Percy Boyd, police chief.
The two officers had tried to question the trio, whose car had been
pulled from a mudhole a few moments before.
While the officers reached for their
pistols they were shot down by the
rapid fire of automatic rifles Boyd
was taken as hostage for a fourteen-hour ride through Oklahoma and
Kansas before being released near Fort Smith at midnight.
Bonnie was born and reared at Caney, Kan.. not far over the Kansas-Oklahoma line, and from 1925 through
1928 lived at Commerce and Picher. Ok.
She had no criminal record here, however, prior to the Commerce affray.
During her residence in the county
she made many contacts that provided
refuge for herself and Barrow when
they were hard pressed, 0. F. Mason,
former County Attorney, said. Ottawa County was a favorite resting
place for the gang.
Last winter, after a bloody battle
with Fort Worth officers, she and
Barrow abandoned a stolen auto near
here and were flushed a few nights
later from a temporarily unoccupied
house in Vinita, where they had hidden.
Boyd exulted Wednesday when told
that Barrow and Bonnie were shot
down in Louisiana.
It's lucky some officers were not killed," he said.
Sheriff Dee Waters, advised of their deaths, withdrew special deputies
who had been assigned a ceaseless watch at two alleged Barrow hideouts near Miami.
Deputy Sheriff Wesley Gage of
Creek County also ended a day and
night vigil at a home he had believed "that of Bonnie's mother near