American Experience: Bonnie & Clyde

(Rochester, N.Y.) -  Discover the true story of the most famous outlaw couple in US history by tuning in for American Experience's Bonnie & Clyde on Tuesday, January 19, 2016 at 9 p.m. on WXXI-TV.  Though their exploits were romanticized, the Barrow gang was believed responsible for at least 13 murders, including two policemen, as well as robberies and kidnappings. This American Experience tells their story through interviews with cultural historians and descendants of the outlaws and those who captured them.

Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow had been on a year-long crime spree, leaving a trail of dead bodies in their wake, yet were little more than a local curiosity until photos of the couple were discovered at a hastily abandoned hideout in 1933. The image of a beret-clad Bonnie, cigar in mouth, pistol in hand, striking a defiantly provocative pose, would soon achieve near mythic status. Overnight, the country became transfixed by the scandalous images and press accounts of their improbable escapes and illicit romance. Bonnie and Clyde would join the ranks of celebrity gangsters like John Dillinger, ‘Pretty Boy’ Floyd, and ‘Baby Face’ Nelson, ‘public enemies’ who emerged during the Great Depression to capture the country’s imagination. But their newfound notoriety would force the outlaw lovers to take even greater risks as the hunt to capture them kicked into overdrive.

Pictured: Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow
Credit: Courtesy of L.J. Boots Hinton



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