My Life with Bonnie and Clyde

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University of Oklahoma Press, Aug 1, 2005 - Biography & Autobiography - 325 pages
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Bonnie and Clyde were responsible for multiple murders and countless robberies. But they did not act alone. In 1933, during their infamous run from the law, Bonnie and Clyde were joined by Clyde’s brother Buck Barrow and his wife Blanche. Of these four accomplices, only one—Blanche Caldwell Barrow—lived beyond early adulthood and only Blanche left behind a written account of their escapades. Edited by outlaw expert John Neal Phillips, Blanche’s previously unknown memoir is here available for the first time.

Blanche wrote her memoir between 1933 and 1939, while serving time at the Missouri State Penitentiary. Following her death, Blanche’s good friend and the executor of her will, Esther L. Weiser, found the memoir wrapped in a large unused Christmas card. Later she entrusted it to Phillips, who had interviewed Blanche several times before her death. Drawing from these interviews, and from extensive research into Depression-era outlaw history, Phillips supplements the memoir with helpful notes and with biographical information about Blanche and her accomplices.

  

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Contents

View from a Cell
3
Marriage
5
Buck Makes a Pardon
14
Joplin
36
Ruston
58
Friction
64
Mothers Day
72
Florida
81
Mob
137
Court
144
Afterword
147
Editors Conclusion
149
Reproduction of Two Pages from the Original Manuscript
199
Blanches Letter to Her Father November 11 1933
202
Bucks Letter Home January 16 1930
204
The Barrow Gangs Victims
206

A Visit with My Father
88
Wellington
94
Fort Smith
98
Platte City
105
Dexfield Park
122
Blanches Preliminary Parole Report
224
Notes
225
Bibliography
299
Index
309
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Page xviii - ... Health Report 25 years ago. From that review I can see that, even at this early stage of discussion, there are already similarities of behavior. And that's a shame. I think we'd all prefer that these industries — and their chosen leaders— would heed the oft-quoted wisdom of George Santayana, who wrote Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.

About the author (2005)

Blanche Caldwell Barrow was the wife of Marvin "Buck" Barrow and the sister-in-law of Clyde Barrow. Buck and Blanche were part of the Barrow Gang from late March 1933 until their capture on July 24, 1933.

John Neal Phillips is a writer-photographer living in Dallas, Texas.

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