True story of The Highwaymen

The Highwaymen is a Netflix Original film. It is a dramatized documentary of the manhunt of Bonnie and Clyde. The movie centers around two former Texas rangers, Frank A. Hamer and Maney Gault.

Bonnie Elizabeth Parker and Clyde Chestnut Barrow were American criminals and headed the Barrow Gang. Between 1931 and 1934, they travelled the central United States and robbed banks, stores and killed several innocent people. Even-though they robbed banks, they preferred to rob small stores & rural gas stations. The press portrayed them like larger than life figures.

Starting at the age 17 in 1926, Clyde was in a life a crime. Initially it was minor crimes like auto-theft and robberies. Bonnie met Clyde in 1930s, when they met there both smitten immediately and fell in love with each other. However, their romance was cut short when Clyde was arrested on charges of auto theft. They remained loyal friends as they carried out their crimes till their violent death.

His first killing was in prison in 1930 when he crushed the skull of an inmate when the inmate tried to assault him. He was released from prison in 1932 as a hardened and bitter criminal. He was not the same when he go out. Soon after, he assembled a rotating core group of associates and they began to do robberies on small stores and gas stations. He was arrested again in 1932 for killing a store owner in botched robbery attempt. This was the first time he was charged with murder. He was released soon after when Kaufman County grand jury convened, it declined to indict him. Soon after he killed his first law officer when two policemen approached him while we has having a drink at a country dance. His crimes got worse from here.

Their final run was in 1934 when they orchestrated the the prison break that got Raymon Hamilton, Henry Methvin and several others released. During the  jailbreak, escapee Joe Palmer shot and fatally wounded prison officer Major Joe Crowson. This attracted the full power of the Texas and the federal government to manhunt Bonnie and Clyde. They were eventually killed in an ambush in a rural road in Bienville Parish, Louisiana. The lawmen fired over 130 rounds at both Bonnie and Clyde. Their funerals attracted over 35000 visitors.

You can also watch the documentary below.

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