Skip to comments.Pistol that Bonnie Parker kept taped to inside of her THIGH set to fetch $200,000 at auction...
Posted on 07/14/2012 4:05:09 PM PDT by smokingfrog
She kept a Colt .38-caliber revolver close, while he preferred a .45-caliber pistol from the same maker.
But neither weapon was enough to save American outlaws and lovers Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow during a 1934 ambush by law enforcement officers.
After the duo was dead, authorities recovered the revolver Bonnie had secured to an inner thigh with white medical tape.
They also seized the handgun Clyde had tucked into his waistband.
Nearly 80 years later, those guns and other items connected to the infamous gangsters will be going up for auction in New Hampshire on Sept. 30. An auction official estimated Thursday that each Bonnie and Clyde weapon could bring between $100,000 and $200,000.
'They were pretty famous in their moment and I think that's lasted through time,' said Bobby Livingston, vice president of RR Auction in Amherst, N.H.
Besides the guns, other items Livingston's company will auction include a gold pocket watch Clyde was wearing when he died, and a cosmetics case Bonnie was using to carry lipstick, Coty face powder and a powder puff. The brown leatherette box was inside the Ford automobile the gangsters were riding in when a posse of lawmen riddled it with bullets on a Louisiana road.
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Great photos at the linked article.
FWIW men weren't winners either.
Would like to see a pic of the piece taped to the inside thigh of...ummm...some hottie from today.
Sadly I'm so old I am not aware of any of today's hotties.
Oh, I don’t know.
I kinda like the wild Irish gals.
And she was!
Hum. I would say Bonnie was cute, which is probably why she got away with so much, my goodness though she was really skinny. Clyde looked like a dandy, however.
I don’t know, Bonnie wasn’t too bad. And she was a sport...
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I always wonder where the term “bushwacker” came from.
I would love to buy it but then I would be put in jail by the Peoples’ Republic of New York because I don’t have a pistol permit. Ain’t America Free!
Who cares, they were two murderers.
The American fascination with unusual outlaws and rebels never ends. While the sensible hardworking Puritan side of our personality despises those who steal, there is something about people who completely defy authority and thumb their nose at their fate which has us hooked. Jesse James, Geronimo, Bonnie and Clyde all stone cold killers with extremely varied reasons for what they did, but they own a little tiny piece of our national soul.
Good grief. Can’t you read - the weapon was secured to the INSIDE of her thigh. How is this picture relevant?
In one sense, the Declaration of Independence made us a nation of outlaws. The American character is one of fighting city hall and so, while we can appreciate law and order, there’s a little rebellious streak in every true blooded American. Also, if you look at the outlaws you named, they were, for a time, successful at what they did; Americans like winners, especially when they give them the opportunity to root for the underdog.
Not a nation of outlaws, a nation that depended on people to practice self restrsint and volintarily obey the laws. When 98% of the country was Christian, and very devout compared to today’s standarss, it worked better. As more and more folks ignored the law and their consciences,we’ve needed more and more laws and police and courts because if people won’t control themselves, government has to. And the country becomes less free.
That's not open to debate or discussion. The signers of that document knew that in one sense they were outlaws, and would be hung for treason if caught. Similarly, any of the colonists who supported, endorsed or agreed with the sentiments of the Declaration would have been viewed by their fellow British subjects as "outlaws" as long as they remained British subjects.
I was listening to a Jean Shepherd broadcast on SW, and it must have been from 1967. Shep was ranting about the movie, either after seeing it, or being asked about it at a cocktail party.
He grew up in/near a town that was "visited" by one of the gangs. The old bank guard was killed unnecessarily, and then on the way out of town, they see a cop doing school crosswalk duty, they stop, call him over, and shoot him dead.
Shep wasn't big on glorifying murderers...
One account by a LEO on cornering them someplace and encountering Bonnie went something like "...and then this little redheaded thing came out, wielding a [cut-down] BAR. The rounds impacted the tree next to me, and the concussions sent me tumbling backwards. Probably saved my life..."
The 1911 is still my go-to weapon a hundred years later.
I think they were riddled-up with a barrage from several Thompson submachine guns at close range.
Nothing in that time period tops that.
I think they are fascinating, as well as the other gangsters of that era.
I saw or read, on of the reasons they (B&C) were so hard to catch was they filled the cars up with gas, did their thing and floored it out out where ever they were until they ran out, probably traveling 75-80 mph.
Since most people where not driving those speeds by the time road blocks were set up, they were gone.
I never realized from the pictures she was a redhead. Bonnie was tiny, I wonder how she had the strength to handle all that fire power.
Trivia: She was 4’10 or 11” and weighed roughly 90 lbs. She was largely crippled in a car crash two years before her death:
“What is certain is that Parker sustained serious third degree burns to her right leg. The burn was so severe, the muscles contracted and caused the leg to “draw up”; near the end of her life, Parker could hardly walk and would either hop on her good leg or be carried by Clyde.” - Wiki
They are even more fascinating than I thought.
In any case all their debts have now been paid, their train has left long ago to meet the judge.
“I saw or read, on of the reasons they (B&C) were so hard to catch was they filled the cars up with gas, did their thing and floored it out out where ever they were until they ran out, probably traveling 75-80 mph.”
Also, no security cameras, no traffic cameras, no Internet, no cellphones, and no credit cards all worked in their favor;)
Actually, they were two bank examiners. Easy to assess who killed more people.
I’ve got a .44 spl just like that one!
To be honest that looks more like a 1917 .45 Auto rim S&W from the looks of the ejector rod. Got one of those converted to .45 Colt.
Thought they were shot up fairly well with 30-06 from Browning BARs as well. That would ruin your day.
I agree with you framing it that way.
Just checking to see if prisoner6 still has a pulse. :)
What sets it apart in America is that by the nature of our founding principles, we are supposed to be, and historically have been, far more suspicious of government than most other nations and societies. The presumption of innocence is one of our core tenets, and consequently, when we hear that "the law" is after somebody (even if there's really little doubt the person did what they're suspected of doing), there's an elemental question of just who the good guys and bad guys are. Moreover, the American concept of rugged individualism impels us to often root for the one man standing alone against the bigger machine, at times regardless of who is actually right or wrong. Sometimes the underdog struggle takes on a morality all its own.
Our fiction romanticizes the Dukes of Hazzard, and our history and its cinematic retelling tint the deeds of Billy the Kid, Butch and Sundance, etc. Despite the brutality of the Godfather films, people tend to find at least a modicum of sympathy and a twisted sense of honor in the fictional Corleone family. During OJ's famous low speed chase, there were legions of well-wishers along the roadside.
I'm not saying that we're a worse people because of this, not in the least (although I agree with you that personal morality and restraint have been surrendered in lieu of laws and regulations). I am saying that historically, back to our founding as a nation, the typical American has been far more suspicious of government and consequently, there is something of a knee jerk willingness in many of us to automatically root for the individual against the government, even when on a very conscious level, we know the individual has done wrong.
She was above average as a corpse.
Bonnie was ‘cute’ during her day.
Plus she played with guns.
Who doesn’t like a woman that plays with guns?