Category: fugative


In 1934, Clyde Barrow of the notorious duo Bonnie & Clyde and fan of the Ford V8 sent Henry Ford a letter thanking him for making great getaway cars.

The letter reads: 

Tulsa, Okla
10th April

Mr. Henry Ford
Detroit Mich.

Dear Sir: –

   While I still have got breath in my lungs I will tell you what a dandy car you make. I have drove Fords exclusively when I could get away with one. For sustained speed and freedom from trouble the Ford has got ever other car skinned and even if my business hasen’t been strickly legal it don’t hurt anything to tell you what a fine car you got in the V8 –

Yours truly
Clyde Champion Barrow


The real Bonnie and Clyde of the notorious Barrow Gang photographed by W.D. Jones, 1933.

These pictures were from undeveloped film found at their Joplin, Missouri hideout. They left the hideout and many possessions behind after a shootout with the police, which resulted in the death of 2 police officers.

Bonnie and Clyde met in Texas in January, 1930. At the time, Bonnie was 19 and married to an imprisoned murderer; Clyde was 21 and unmarried. Soon after, he was arrested for a burglary and sent to jail. He escaped, using a gun Bonnie had smuggled to him, was recaptured and was sent back to prison. Clyde was paroled in February 1932, rejoined Bonnie, and resumed a life of crime.

In addition to the automobile theft charge, Bonnie and Clyde were suspects in other crimes in several states. At the time they were killed on May 23, 1934, they were believed to have committed 13 murders, kidnappings, several robberies and burglaries. 

John Dillinger at his court hearing in Crown Point, Indiana during the first weeks of February 1934. Dillinger was charged with killing a police officer during a bank robbery in East Chicago, Indiana on Jan. 15, 1934. His trail date was set for March 12, 1934 but he

escaped from the Crown Point Jail

on March 3, 1934.


In the days after Dillinger was killed on July 22, 1934, massive crowds lined up outside the Cook County Morgue in Chicago to get a glimpse of the notorious public enemy.