They met at a crucial moment in American history. The stock market had just crashed a few months prior, by 1933, nearly half of America’s banks had failed, and unemployment was approaching 15 million people, or roughly 30 percent of the workforce. Texas, in particular, was ravaged by the worst drought of the century. Bootlegging was one of the few job opportunities available to the working class. After the abolishment of Prohibition, some unfortunately turned to illegal activities and a life of crime like bank robberies. The life and deaths of this pair were complicated. They live in infamy by the many lives that were impacted. At the time they were killed in 1934, they were believed to have committed 13 murders and several robberies and burglaries, and left family and friends heart broken.
Join DHS, May 8th for an intimate conversation with living relatives of both Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow, better known as the ill-fated romantic partners-in-crime, Bonnie and Clyde. Rhea Leen Linder, niece of Bonnie Parker and Buddy Barrow, nephew of Clyde Barrow. They’ll join us for a virtual discussion and reveal little known family stories about the pair.