Friday, February 10, 2017

A Bloody Last Stand

 A quarter after nine the morning of May 23rd, 1934 a stolen Ford Fordor Deluxe Sedan raced down a dusty Louisiana back road. Six men had been waiting for over twelve long, uncomfortable hours for this very moment. The men were armed with rifles, shotguns and pistols each loaded and ready for action. The car got closer. Not long before the Ford's arrival the posse had been on the cusp of giving up but now their patience was being rewarded.
 With the car within range of the automatic rifles the men opened fire on the unsuspecting occupants the driver was killed instantly sending the passenger into hysterics. The car continued toward the lawmen who dropped he rifles and switched to shotguns which pelted the driver side of the car. Glass shattered and lead shot tapped through the metal body of the car as it passed by the men who dropped the shotguns and pulled revolvers from the leather holsters that secured them to their hips. They were taking no chances. The car rolled off the road and into a small ditch nearly tipping over as it came to a stop. The men, four posse members from Texas and a Bienville Parish Sheriff and his deputy finished unloading their weapons into the car. When it was over they had fired 130 rounds into the car and two murderous thieves, Clyde Barrow and Bonnie Parker, lay dead in the front seat.
   Bonnie and Clyde still fascinate people after more than eighty years. I suppose that it may be because of the tragic way they left this world despite the fact that they ruined plenty of lives while they murdered and robbed their way around half the country. Luckily for those of us that have a morbid curiosity the stolen Ford sedan that was witness to their final moments is on display for our viewing pleasure. It travels around once in a while but more often than not you can see the car at Whiskey Pete's Casino in Primm, NV just 43 miles south of Las Vegas. 


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