Can anyone verify for me what the local history book claims. It says that itinerate couple by the names of "Jewell" and "Blackie" had lived around Hugoton, Kansas for a couple of years were later shown to be "Bonnie and Clyde".
Jewell ran a small cafe known as Jewell's Cafe and Blackie did some farmhand work and gambled nearly very night. They were involved in the bootleg liquor trade which was dispensed through the cafe. In October 1931 they became involved in the killing of the town marshal, Charles H. Newman by H. L. McBee brother of the Stevens County Sheriff.
McBee had spent much of the day in and out of Jewell's Cafe and was according to witnesses "mean drunk". His defense at the trial was that he had coffee there and didn't remember anything after that. The couple left town immediately after the murder and before the arrival of investigators office.
The State investigators said that there had existed a quarrel between city and county officers and they hadn't been taking care of the liquor law violations. Jewell an Blackie turned up later in nearby Liberal Kansas when they were stopped with 5 gallons of illegal booze in the car. Apparently the State Attorney General had Blackie up at Topeka for a while but couldn't hold him and never identified him as Clyde.
The history book says their true identities became known when they were killed and Bonnie's Diary was found inside the car telling of the time they spent here.
Was there such a diary? Where were they in late 1931 ?
Clyde Barrow was serving a sentence at Eastham Prison Farm in Texas in 1931 and Bonnie Parker, so far as is known, was then residing in Dallas.
The Dodge City Globe, September 19, 1934.
Bonnie Parker Worked in Dodge, Barrow in Hugoton
Bonnie Parker, the girl bandit who lived and died with Clyde Barrow, as two of the most desparate killers the southwest has known, was employed in Dodge City three years ago this summer.
The first year that the Black Cow, a root beer stand, was operated at the junction of highways 45 and U.S. 283, at the south edge of the city, she was an attendant there, according to a diary found after she and Barrow were shot to death by Texas officers. Local persons will remember her as the slender dark haired girl who "hopped cars" at the root beer and chicken sandwich stand.
This information has just come to Sheriff Will Zurbucken. The girl worked there about five months, according to the diary.
After that she and Cyde Barrow operated a chili stand in Hugoton for several months, according to the same source of information. Barrow was a fugitive then but not nearly so notorious as he became a year or so afterward.
Until that information came from the diary, the first intimation of their connection with this immediate vicinity, was the escape they made from the Meade city park a year ago this month, after they had kidnapped a rancher from Wilmore and ditched his car at Meade. They escaped when Henry Messingill of their outfit was attacked by a woman with a croquet mallet in the park when he attempted to take a car there.
Sounds like fiction to me. Barrow was very definitely in prison in Texas in 1930 and '31.
Can anyone tell me Bonnie (Parker) Thornton's real, given name - - her first and middle names?
Bonnie Elizabeth Parker was the third child of four born to Charles Parker and Emma Krause in Rowena, Texas. Bonnie was born on October 1, 1910. The Parker's first born, Coley, died in infancy. Hubert "Buster" was born on December 20, 1908, and Billie Jean was born on December 16, 1912.
Mike, Thank you, very much!
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