Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow met in Texas in 1930 and are believed to have committed 13 murders and several robberies and burglaries by the time they died.
The duo became infamous as they traveled across America’s Midwest and South, holding up banks and stores with other gang members.
And a never-before-developed photograph has emerged showing them kissing in Missouri shortly before they were brutally gunned down in an ambush.
The picture of the gangsters’ embrace was taken in Joplin shortly before their pursuers got wind of their whereabouts and they had to flee quickly.
This affectionate shot of Bonnie and Clyde, believed by new owner Thomas Yurkin to be from a film they were unable to develop at the time because they had to flee officers who had discovered they were in the vicinity
Around 107 rounds were said to have been fired at Bonnie and Clyde after they were ambushed in Louisiana – their bodies took 50 bullets each
Their bodies were pulled through the city, where people tried to cut off hair, clothing, fingers and even an ear off of Clyde – his and Bonnie’s bodies each took 50 bullets according to reports
Photographs Do Not Bend (PDNB) Gallery, in Dallas, Texas, USA, exhibited the gruesome end for the notorious criminals, snippets of their love story and their apprehension.
Bonnie and Clyde began their two-year crime spree in 1932, ruthlessly robbing banks and small businesses and killing anyone who got in their way.
The public were enamoured by the lovestruck pair, real names Bonnie Elizabeth Parker and Clyde Chestnut Barrow, during the Public Enemies era during the great depression in America.
After evading the cops countless times, their luck ran out in 1934 when on High 54 in Louisiana, they were ambushed by officers who fired 107 rounds of bullets in less than two minutes.
But their infamy and legend live on to this day in the unseen images that document the end for Bonnie and Clyde, who died aged 24 and 23, along with other memorable moments.
The photographs include one of their bullet splayed car, their bodies on the gurney after each being struck by 50 bullets and the corpses being paraded through town, the arresting officers and a previously undeveloped picture of the couple smooching.
Also in the collection is a copy of Clyde’s criminal record detailing robberies and murder his fingerprints, and the warning: ‘this man is very dangerous and extreme care should be taken when arresting him’.
People gather around Bonnie and Clyde’s bullet-sprayed car after they were killed in an ambush
Burt Finger, 74, PDNB Gallery Director, said: ‘There are certain outlaws that become iconic, like Billy the Kid, Al Capone and others, who live on forever.
‘Bonnie and Clyde were certainly that, they were both handsome people, were nobodies, and they robbed banks at a time when banks were not loved by everyone.
‘They had eluded capture for many years, their apprehension was strategic and tactical, it worked like a military operation.
‘It was planned out to the letter, officers didn’t want Bonnie and Clyde to get away and to potentially go on to kill other police officers and civilians.
‘The previous owner had acquired the photographs from her uncle who worked at the local newspaper at the time of the event.
‘The images are like a storyboard to a movie, but it reminds you that these were actual people aside from the portrayals and preconceptions.
‘Some of the photographs are gory, they were killed in a horrible manner, but they were killers too – I’m like a doctor and look at them in a clinical way.
‘People are intrigued by Bonnie and Clyde and our exhibit at Photographs Do Not Bend was well received.
‘I am the gallery director but have been a photo collector for things like this and these vintage photographs are really important.
‘I thought it would be great for our gallery to own them for a while, the exhibit had a larger than money value.’
The photographs were on show at 22-year-old gallery Photographs Do Not Bend, which exhibits work from the 20th century, up until recently when they were bought by a private collector.
Several of the images now hang in the home of Thomas Yurkin, 55, from Dallas, Texas, who purchased them after developing an interest in the incredible snapshots of history.
Here are the officers and marksman who apprehended Bonnie and Clyde after they were sold out for a bounty
Thomas, a creative director, said: Thomas said: ‘I see them as historical photographs, I am their owner and custodian, they are an important part of American, Texas and local Dallas history.
‘My favourite photograph is the two of them embracing, which they had taken while they were in Joplin, Missouri,
‘Shortly after they were discovered in the area, so had to escape pretty quickly – there was film that had been unprocessed, I believe this was one of the photos from then.
‘The other photos show Clyde’s arrest warrant, his record, another shows the officers and individuals that ambushed them in Louisiana and I have a couple of the car that they were driving.
‘As they were dragged into the city towed by a car, people were cutting off their hair and clothes, one guy was trying to cut off Clyde’s ear, another tried to cut off his finger.
‘I have one image that shows some of their clothing and when they were killed as well as other pictures of them lying on the gurney table.
‘Bonnie and Clyde were both buried here, Bonnie had 20,000 people show up to her funeral which is pretty amazing for back then it’s the equivalent of a celebrity.
‘I have five of the photos up in my house, not the gruesome ones but the images that are more the iconic moments that show their life.’
It wasn’t long after loved-up pair met in 1930 that Clyde was imprisoned for Grand Theft Auto and lovesick Bonnie helped him to escape from prison by smuggling him a gun.
He was captured shortly after his escape and after his release two years later, the crime spree would then begin with gang members W.D. Jones, Raymond Hamilton, Joe Palmer, Ralph Fults, Henry Methvin, and Clyde’s older brother Buck Barrow and his wife, Blanche.
The pair’s love story was adapted into an eponymously named film in 1967 but a world away from the fiction the unseen images keep their legend alive.
Thomas said: ‘It explains the whole public enemy era, a little bit of their love story and that there were a lot of victims, as well as delving into what was happening during the depression era.
‘It was like they could never get caught and always seemed to just about escape, they were always really lucky
‘I was more interested in their life and how they got to that point then the way they went out in that ambush.
‘They supposedly shot two young officers in South Lake, that’s when public opinion is supposed to have changed towards them, up until that point they were championed
‘One of the people who was with them sold them out, which is supposedly how they became trapped and they were ambushed.
‘Bonnie and Clyde did kill people; but often times when they took somebody’s car, they would give them a clean shirt and money to go home, so they must have had some elements of a nice side.
‘When you look at them and see how young they were when they died, aged 23 and 24 it’s pretty shocking to see.’
The criminal record of Clyde Chestnut Barrow, aka Clyde. On the list is murder, robbery and more – as well as warning he was dangerous and to take caution when approaching him
At 9.15am on May 23, 1934, two small-time Depression-era bank robbers named Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow died on a lonely road outside Gibsland, Louisiana.
They were killed by a 16-second hail of 187 automatic rifle and shotgun rounds, fired at their Ford V8 sedan.
Immortalised in Arthur Penn’s classic 1967 film, in which they were played by Faye Dunaway and Warren Beatty, the pair the American press called ‘Romeo & Juliet In A Getaway Car’ earned themselves a place in the criminal hall of fame – joining infamous mobsters such as Pretty Boy Floyd, John Dillinger and Baby Face Nelson.
But the true story of Bonnie and Clyde is very different from the Hollywood fantasy.
And as two books revealed, it is even more extraordinary.
Their deaths were certainly violent in the extreme.
On the day of their demise, Clyde Barrow, who was just 25, was driving along in his socks, while Bonnie was eating a sandwich in the passenger seat.
Near Gibsland, they stopped to greet the father of one of their gang members – but it was a trap.
A six-man posse of Texas and Louisiana troopers was waiting in ambush and opened fire.
No warnings were issued and the couple were given no opportunity to surrender. Clyde died instantly – the first shot took off the top of his head.
But Bonnie was only wounded and began screaming – a scream so terrible that their principal pursuer, former Texas Ranger Frank Hamer, fired two more shots into the defenceless 23-year old at close range.
‘I hate to bust the cap on a woman, especially when she was sitting down,’ the laconic Hamer said afterwards. ‘But if it wouldn’t have been her, it would have been us.’
Their bodies were riddled with 50 bullets each, even though Bonnie Parker had never been charged with a capital offence.
The pair had become notorious after two years on the run and the crime scene quickly descended into a bizarre circus.
Three of the posse left to collect the local coroner – but the remaining three allowed souvenir-hunters to swarm over the car.