The economic downfall of the 1930s in the United States marked the time when the American Dream once collapsed along with Wall Street.
Unemployed men and women dressed in rags roamed the streets seeking jobs through lines after lines of out-of-business establishments.
Soup kitchens were all jammed, and the breadlines brought about the image of how desperate Uncle Sam was.
Many Americans felt that corporate titans had abused the capitalistic system so much to the point where every single dime seemed to vanish out of reach.
For a large part of the public, anybody brave enough to rob banks and fight the authorities was heroes and a legend of their dark fantasies.
By the time Bonnie and Clyde became front-page stories during their rampage of terrorizing banks and store owners in Texas, New Mexico, Louisiana, Oklahoma, and Missouri, a good portion of Americans admired their “Robin Hood” adventures.
Clyde was 21, and Bonnie was two years younger when they first met in 1930. Both abhorred poverty, found love in each other and ventured a dangerous path on the wrong side of the law to rectify their misery.
10 /10 Kauffman, Texas
Determined never to stay too far away from Clyde, the Barrow Gang leader, Bonnie, tagged along in a hardware store robbery in Kauffman, Texas, not long after he was granted parole on February 8, 1932, and walked out of the Eastham Prison Farm in Huntsville.
Ray Hamilton and Ralph Fults joined the two. A night watchman caught sight of them in the act and set off an alarm. The gang did get away, but Clyde told Bonnie to stay behind in Dallas and lie low to avoid capture.
9 /10 Hillsboro, Texas
Without Bonnie, the trio went into separate hideouts. Clyde planned another robbery in Hillsboro, Texas, targeting a grocery store owned by Martha and John Bucher.
As it turned out, Ray was the only member to show up because Ralph had been apprehended. During the robbery on April 30, Mr. Bucher was killed by a gunshot wound to the chest.
Clyde and Ray took whatever they could and fled the scene. When police officers arrived and showed some photos of wanted criminals, Mrs. Bucher recognized both of them.