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This Gruesome Photo Shows The Moment Bonnie And Clyde Were Riddled With Bullets

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Gangsters Bonnie Elizabeth Parker and Clyde Chestnut Barrow are notorious for robbing and killing several people during the Great Depression in the United States. On May 23, 1934, Bonnie and Clyde died in a spectacular manner after being ambushed by lawmen who fired hundreds of shots into their car. Their bodies were riddled with bullets, and photos of the chilling Bonnie and Clyde death scene demonstrate how committed authorities were to stopping the pair from killing anyone else.

Bonnie and Clyde met in Texas in 1930 when she was 19 and he was 21. At the time, Bonnie was married to a man who was in prison for murder. Shortly after they met, Clyde was arrested for burglary and car theft and sent to jail. Bonnie came to the rescue by smuggling a gun into the prison and helping Clyde escape. He was caught but eventually released on parole. That's when the couple's crime spree began. 

While they're most known for robbing banks, they also targeted privately owned stores and rural gas stations. They had no qualms about killing anyone who got in their way. It's believed they murdered at least 13 people, several of them police officers. Bonnie and Clyde also had many associates, and the gang made headlines for their brazen robberies. As photos of Bonnie and Clyde's death show, their notoriety made them a serious target for local authorities. And it wasn't just the car they were in that sustained bullets; Bonnie and Clyde's bodies were so riddled with bullets that it's said embalming fluid ran straight out of them.

Bonnie and Clyde were active in their criminal escapades during what has become known as the "Public Enemy Era" of the United States. Frank J. Loesch, chairman of the Chicago Crime Commission during the 1930s coined the term to refer to the slew of gangsters and other criminals whose enterprises were flourishing during the decade. These criminal ranks included the likes of Al Capone, Pretty Boy Floyd, Machine Gun Kelly, Ma Barker, John Dillinger, and – of course – Bonnie and Clyde. Because of this group's extralegal antics, Loesch created a list of "public enemies"; and the person at the top became "Public Enemy Number 1."