Gas Tank Getaways: Gibsland, Louisiana

Gastank Getaways

On May 23, 1934 Louisiana and Texas Law Enforcement officials captured and killed Bonnie Parker and Clyde “Champion” Barrow during an ambush seven and a half miles away from Gibsland, Louisiana.

Today we know them as America’s iconic and notorious outlaws: Bonnie and Clyde.

Bonnie Parker met Clyde Barrow when she was 19-years-old. 

According to Perry Carver, owner of the “Bonnie and Clyde Ambush Museum”, the moment the couple laid eyes on one another after meeting through mutual friends; they instantly fell in love.

“They were inseparable,” said Carver.

Shortly after they met, Barrow was in and out of jail for robbery.

His sentence never stopped Bonnie from visiting him every single day. She’s even smuggled a gun into prison to help him escape.

When Clyde was paroled for in 1932, he got with Bonnie once again and began a life of crime together. They robbed banks, stole vehicles, committed murder, and abducted citizens.

As their fame increased during their two year crime spree, Texan prison officials connected with Law Enforcement officials like Captain Frank Hamer and investigators to track down Parker and Barrow. Captain Hamer eventually traced the duo down on Hwy 154 in north Louisiana and opened fire.

To learn more about the duo, visit the “Bonnie and Clyde Ambush Museum.”

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