Skip to content
Catholic Online Logo

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

7/13/2012 (3 years ago)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

Notorious Depression-era American bank robbers weapons expected to fetch top dollar

The guns that the notorious Bonnie and Clyde - the Depression-era criminals that swept the nation's banks in a string of armed robberies. Bonnie parker's .38-caliber revolver along with Clyde Barrows' .45-caliber pistol - the weapons they had with them when they were ambushed and killed by the police in 1934 - are now up for auction, and are expected to fetch top dollar.

With her blonde eyes, blonde hair and standing well under five feet tall, Bonnie Parker joined Clyde Barrow in a robbery and killing spree chiefly to escape the boredom of 1930s America. The gun she had taped to her leg at the time of her death at the hands of lawmen is now going up for auction.

With her blonde eyes, blonde hair and standing well under five feet tall, Bonnie Parker joined Clyde Barrow in a robbery and killing spree chiefly to escape the boredom of 1930s America. The gun she had taped to her leg at the time of her death at the hands of lawmen is now going up for auction.

Highlights

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

7/13/2012 (3 years ago)

Published in Celebrity

Keywords: Bonnie and Clyde, auction, guns, Depression, criminals


LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - The guns that Bonnie had secured to an inner thigh with white medical tape and Clyde had tucked into his waistband were retrieved by agents after the shooting.

Those weapons will be going up for auction in New Hampshire on Sept. 30, it's estimated that each Bonnie and Clyde weapon will bring in anywhere between $100,000 and $200,000 each.

"They were pretty famous in their moment and I think that's lasted through time," Bobby Livingston, vice president of RR Auction says.

Other items associated with the dastardly duo that Livingston's company will auction include a gold pocket watch that Clyde had on person when he died, and a cosmetics case Bonnie was using to carry lipstick, Coty face powder and a powder puff. The brown leatherette box was inside the Ford automobile the two were riding in when lawmen riddled their car with bullets on a Louisiana road.

Also up for auction is a letter that Clyde wrote to his brother on the back of a photo showing a house on a platform surrounded by water. He signed it "bud," his code name when he was on the run.

FBI files say Bonnie and Clyde met in Texas in 1930 and have been traced to 13 murders and several robberies and burglaries by the time they died. Several members of the police were among the people killed by the couple.

The couple was raised to "folk hero" status as they traveled across America's Midwest and South, holding up banks and stores with other gang members. The two partially symbolized the frustration the American public felt during the depths of the Depression.

Texas Ranger Frank Hamer led the posse of six lawmen who carried out the ambush. Auction officials say authorities gifted Hamer the guns from the lovers' bodies as part of his compensation for the operation.

Auction officials said all the Bonnie and Clyde items are coming from the estate of Robert E. Davis, a private collector from Texas who acquired items Hamer had owned, along with items that came from the estate of Clyde's sister, Marie Barrow.

Jonathan Davis, whose book "Bonnie & Clyde & Marie: A Sister's Perspective on the Notorious Barrow Gang" who befriended Marie Barrow in the early 1990s is acting as an adviser for the auction.

.

---


Pope Francis: end world hunger through 'Prayer and Action'


Copywriter 2015 - Distributed by THE NEWS CONSORTIUM

Pope Francis Prayer Intentions for July 2015
Universal:
That political responsibility may be lived at all levels as a high form of charity.
Evangelization: That, amid social inequalities, Latin American Christians may bear witness to love for the poor and contribute to a more fraternal society.



Comments


More Celebrity

Audrey Hepburn's son shares insider stories of life with a Hollywood icon Watch

Image of

By Hannah Marfil (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Growing up with Audrey Hepburn could have been something wonderful, with life in the spotlight all the time. Hepburn is still one of Hollywood's most celebrated icon and legendary film actress even after her death. Surprisingly though, life was not abnormal for her ... continue reading


'We've got to open our eyes': Walking Dead's David Morrisey stands up for Middle East refugees living in fear Watch

Image of

By Nikky Andres (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

The Walking Dead actor David Morrissey's first glimpse with the coast guard is of a boat represented by tiny as a dot on a radar screen. MUNTINLUPA, PHILIPPINES (Catholic Online) - When Morrissey boarded the coast guard's boat in Lesvos, he already witnessed long lines ... continue reading


Matinee idol Omar Sharif dies at 83 Watch

Image of Omar Sharif's son Tarek revealed earlier this year that his father had been suffering from Alzheimer's. He had stopped eating and drinking the three days before his death.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Egyptian screen star and matinee idol Omar Sharif has died at the age of 83. Sharif was a screen heartthrob in his native land when producer Sam Spiegel cast him as Sherif Ali in 1962's "Lawrence of Arabia." Able to hold his own against lead Peter O'Toole, ... continue reading


From Christina Aguilera to Angelina Jolie, insider reveals how stars really behave during humanitarian missions Watch

Image of Angelina Jolie spending time with the children in one of her humanitarian missions.

By Linky C. (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

A popular thing for celebrities to do nowadays is participate in humanitarian missions. In a report from the Guardian, an anonymous tipster revealed several "truths" behind these "orchestrated" visits and how the stars really behave during there missions in other ... continue reading


Pop star Katy Perry fights with nuns over rights to convent Watch

Image of Katy Perry visited with nuns expressing her desires for the property, but did not win them over.

By Nikky Andres (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Katy Perry is not only famous for her record-breaking hits, but her widely publicized feud with singer-songwriter Taylor Swift has also garnered some spotlight. However, it seems that Taylor Swift isn't the only one Katy Perry shares "Bad Blood" with. MUNTINLUPA, ... continue reading


'Pastors have got to wake their congregations up': 'God's Not Dead' actor calls on pastors to get people involved in politics Watch

Image of Kevin Sorbo is known for his part in

By Talia Ramos (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Hollywood actor, Kevin Sorbo expressed the need for pastors to do something to motivate their congregations and "wake them up to do something for America," in a recent appearance on the Church Boys podcast. Sorbo, who played an atheist professor in the film "God's Not ... continue reading


A family man with faith: The unknown refreshing life of movie star Chris Pratt Watch

Image of

By Atarah Haely (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Chris Pratt, leading man in huge move blockbusters, like Guardians of the Galaxy, The Lego movie and more recently Jurassic World, which has earned $511.8 million in its opening weekend worldwide. Jurassic World is now dubbed the highest grossing global film. However, ... continue reading


'Rocky' movie producer Robert Chartoff dies at 81 Watch

Image of Robert Chartoff won the best picture Oscar for the first

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

As a movie producer, he was prolific and tackled projects on various topics. He was most famous for the films he did on the sport of boxing. Oscar-winning producer Robert Chartoff, behind the "Rocky" series and "Raging Bull" has died in Santa Monica, ... continue reading


Iconic screen villain Christopher Lee dies at 93 Watch

Image of His turn as the Prince of Darkness in

By Greg Goodsell

When Christopher Lee assumed the cape of Count Dracula in the late 1950s in a series of films for Hammer Studios, there was talk among fans. Lee's Dracula was tall, imposing, lustful, a creature of violence, quite unlike the courtly gentleman as played by Bela ... continue reading


'Star Trek's' Nichelle Nichols suffers mild stroke Watch

Image of Among Nichelle Nichols' many fans was the Reverend Martin Luther King Jr., who called her role

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Actress Nichelle Nichols, who played Lt. Nyota Uhura in the original "Star Trek" TV series and films, suffered a mild stroke this week. In a statement by Zach McGinnis of Galactic Productions, which books the 82-year-old Nichols and other actors for public ... continue reading


All Celebrity News

Newsletters

Newsletter Sign Up icon

Stay up to date with the latest news, information, and special offers

Daily Readings

Reading 1, Exodus 40:16-21, 34-38
16 Moses did this; he did exactly as Yahweh had ... Read More

Psalm, Psalms 84:3, 4, 5-6, 8, 11
3 Even the sparrow has found a home, the swallow a ... Read More

Gospel, Matthew 13:47-53
47 'Again, the kingdom of Heaven is like a dragnet ... Read More

Saint of the Day

Saint of the Day for July 30th, 2015 Image

St. Peter Chrysologus
July 30: St. Peter Chrysologus, Bishop and Doctor of the Church ... Read More

Inform, Inspire & Ignite Logo

Find Catholic Online on Facebook and get updates right in your live feed.

Become a fan of Catholic Online on Facebook


Follow Catholic Online on Twitter and get News and Product updates.

Follow us on Twitter