Saturday, January 22, 2011

The Streak: The Second Time, Out Of The Last 55 Times, That Clemson Lost A Basketball Game In Chapel Hill...

Outlaws, bank robbers and the world famous crime spree known as Bonnie  Clyde, Clyde Barrow and Bonnie Parker were still alive…

The Streak: January 3, 1934, North Carolina 38, Clemson 26, Chapel Hill, NC.

Barrow, who was born on March 24, 1909 traveled the Central United States with Bonne Parker and their gang during the Great Depression. 

Their exploits captured the attention of the American public during the "public enemy era" between 1931 and 1934. Though known today for bank robberies, Barrow, in fact, preferred to rob small stores or rural gas stations.

The gang is believed to have killed at least nine police officers and committed several civilian murders.

While Parker, born October 1, 1910, was present at a hundred or more felonies during her two years as Barrow's companion, she may not have been the machine gun-wielding killer portrayed in the newspapers, newsreels and pulpy detective magazines of the day.

Parker's reputation as a cigar-smoking gun moll grew out of a playful snapshot (right) found by police at an abandoned hideout, released to the press, and published nationwide.  Seriously, who hasn't pointed a sawed-off shotgun at their boyfriend's mid-section while pointing out that the blast will rupture his spleen...?  Really, who hasn't done that?

According to various sources, Parker was not a cigar smoker, but a chain-smoker of Camel cigarettes. Evidently…Ms. Parker would “walk a mile for a Camel” because “more doctors smoke Camels than any other Cigarettes.  The popular brand also claimed smoking Camels was good for digestion. Hey, when your living life on the run on the road, good digestion is important. 

Parker and Barrow bought the farm in a shootout with police (brilliantly portrayed in Arthur Penn’s 1967 movie Bonnie and Clyde) on May 23, 1934 in Louisiana. 

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