It’s obvious: we see a certain infamy and maybe even some adoration for some of the greatest stories of our time, and a lot of those stories involve characters with less-than-stellar moralities. Case in point: these infamous thieves we’ve all heard of. We’ve got the likes of Robin Hood, and even Long John Silver. We sometimes revere these characters, yet they were thieves. Sometimes cold-blooded, in fact. And then we have the likes of the notorious Bonnie and Clyde…. We can safely say this duo just might blow the likes out of any fiction out of the water for one obvious reason —
Yes, Bonnie and Clyde Did Exist in Real Life — and They Robbed a Lot of People — and Even Committed Murder
So, without a doubt, Bonnie and Clyde were not to be adored or admired in any way. However…. (and that’s a big however), we can understand the signs of the times and realize that what can drive a person to steal often revolves around the way of life, the hardships, the turmoil, and the trouble of a victimized society scrambling for the scraps at any table.
Bonnie and Clyde basically tried to survive. In any way they knew how. In fact, historical accounts actually show that Bonnie herself was more or less the simpleton standing behind Clyde while he did the stealing, shooting, and killing! They were nomads. They were an American Bohemia of “throwing caution to the wind” and loving love, a masterful open-road eternity of duality selfishness that was, in and of itself, endearing.
In a nutshell — Bonnie and Clyde were hopelessly, recklessly, and adoringly in love with each other and their lives together. They were a tragic love story, and that’s what drew us in.
We Can Say for Certain, Though, That in This Day and Age of Identity Theft, Bonnie and Clyde Would Have No Chance
It’s all relative, really. Crime has changed over the generations. That’s why it’s so easy to look back on the legends of old — our John Dillingers, Meyer Lanskys, and Al Capones of our age — and see them for their notoriety. Crime today — identity theft, credit and bank fraud, mass murder, genocide — rings truer than anything Bonnie and Clyde ever did.
In the end, Bonnie and Clyde are two people who were so in love that they were willing to steal and kill for each other.