Friday, May 18, 2007

Bonnie Parker

Grits for Breakfast, a mostly Texas Criminal Justice blog, has a post up about Bonnie Parker and her poetry. (Bonnie Parker is part of the Bonnie and Clyde duo).

He got some comments that were critical of his post "glorifing" her. That's just silly. Bonnie and Clyde are an important part of the history of criminal justice in Texas. Not just a crime spree but complete with jail breaks and drama of all kinds.

In 1933 and 1934 Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow ran amuck across North Texas and points North. My daddy was just starting the first grade in Alpine, Texas.

He told me once that he developed a lifetime interest in reading when he was in the first grade -- he had to learn to read quickly so he could get up every morning and follow Bonnie and Clyde's exploits reported in the paper every day.

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