Seeking any family data on Chief Percy Boyd who was wounded and kidnapped by Bonnie and Clyde in Commerce, OK in 1934. Does anyone have any family data or photos. RichBoyd@SpeednetLLC.com
You probably know this, but here's what I wrote in my book "Bonnie and Clyde: A 21st Century Update."
After his encounter with Bonnie and Clyde, Boyd went back to work as the Chief of Police of Commerce, Oklahoma. After he retired, on May 3, 1937, Boyd went to work for the Tri-State District Mining Company and also served on the Commerce Board of Education. On August 15, 1940, Percy Boyd died of a heart attack at his home.34
Of all the people they kidnaped, Bonnie and Clyde liked Percy Boyd the best. While not admirers of policemen in general, they thought that Boyd was a truly brave man. Percy Boyd earned Bonnie Parker's lasting respect and gratitude when, just as he had promised her, he returned home and told the waiting reporters that the famous female outlaw absolutely did not smoke cigars.
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