The Robbery in Poteau, Oklahoma

On Thursday, January 25, 1934, Bonnie and Clyde arrived in Poteau, Oklahoma, a beautiful town located in Southeastern Oklahoma. The pair quickly stole a blue Plymouth sedan, and drove it down Dewey Avenue, and parked just outside and towards the rear of Central National Bank. Dressed in expensive-looking suits, Clyde Barrow and Raymond Hamilton entered the bank, raised their concealed shotguns, and pointed them at C.P. Little, a customer, and cashiers May Vasser and W.A. Campbell. Little and Campbell were ordered to lie on the floor while Vasser was allowed to sit in a chair. Clyde quickly moved behind the counter, opened the bank drawers, and stashed all of the currency and silver into a bag. He then forced the employees to open the safe, and took all of the cash inside.

While Clyde was busy emptying the drawers, another customer entered the bank. Pat Fulson quickly joined C.P. Little on the floor after seeing Raymond’s shotgun. Outside, J.M. Butler became suspicious after seeing the blue Plymouth sedan parked along the side of the bank and grabbed a gun to enter the bank. During this time, Clyde had emptied the vault, leaving Raymond alone to guard the hostages. J.M. Butler was relieved of his gun and forced to join the others on the floor.

Clyde and Raymond exited the front of the bank with $1,500 and ran to the waiting car. E.G. Goodnight, the president of the bank at the time, accompanied officers as they chased the bandits. The chase lasted around ten minutes before the officers gave up chase. It soon became obvious that Clyde had lost them somewhere in the hills near Wister.

The Legacy of Bonnie and Clyde

Bonnie and Clyde’s reign of terror ended with a bloody shoot-out on May 24, 1934, when the couple were ambushed and gunned down in Gibsland, Louisiana. To this day, there are many questions left unanswered about Bonnie and Clyde. Was their love story just a myth? How ruthless were they? Were they just dealt a wrong hand in life?

The story behind this duet is unknown. Is it a story of two estranged lovers, rekindling an old flame? Or is it a story of two people who have found solace in each other’s friendship? What really lies beneath this duet is an enigma to us listeners. We may never know the real truth, but that is what makes it so special.

It is difficult to know exactly who Bonnie and Clyde really were, but that hasn’t stopped people from trying. In 2013, Sugarloaf Mountain Productions began filming the “Clyde Project,” which aimed to explore the two criminals’ motivations and relationships with each other and the world. It is a topic that continues to fascinate people, and one that likely won’t be solved anytime soon.



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