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Earliest Bonne & Clyde robbery report?
Item # 687031
May 20, 1933
NEW YORK TIMES, May 20, 1933
* Bonnie Parker & Clyde Barrow
* Okabena, Minnesota bank robbery
* Rare & early report on this infamous duo
The top of the back page has a fascinating article which would seem rather mundane for the time, until a little investigation is done. The article is headed: "Two Girls Help Men rob Minnesota Bank; Town Raked by Machine-Gun Shots in Escape" and begins: "Two young women and two men bearing sub-machine guns robbed a bank of $2,500 today...scattering shots down the main street as they fled..." with much more detail. This robbery was reportedly committed by the infamous Bonnie & Clyde, (see Wikipedia) which if true would be the earliest report of their robberies we have found in a newspaper. But another source doubts it was committed by this infamous duo but by the Strain Gang instead, although even this site (see Wikipedia) raises the question: "...did the Strain gang take the fall for a Barrow gang job?" Two sources with different opinions.
Complete in 30 pages, this is the "rag edition" printed on very high quality newsprint for institutional use. Nice condition.
Category: The 20th Century