Why We Can to Some Degree Sympathize With Bonnie and Clyde

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 MurderBonnie and Clyde identity theft

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 todayidentity 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.

Long John Silver: If Identity Theft Was a Treasure Island

Times certainly change when it comes to crime, which is why we enjoy reading about the history and fictionalized accounts of some of the greatest thieves in our time — real or fake. Case in point: Long John Silver. He was probably literature’s most adored pirate next to Captain Hook, although we loved to hate the man with the hook hunting for the swift Pan. But the reason why we enjoyed Long John Silver transcends that of any morality, or immorality as it were (as Long John Silver was no saint, that’s for sure), as well as any fish restaurant of the same name! Want to know why?

Long John Silver Dared to Dream — of a Treasure IslandLong John Silver identity theft

That’s right. He may have been a thief. But a thief of no one. Long John Silver wanted to be the man crossing the finish line first, basically. He had a map. He was willing to lie, cheat and steal to get to the X that marks the spot before anyone else, hoarding the treasure for himself. Who wouldn’t?

There’s a certain joie de vivre about the man known as Long John Silver, which echoes the more modernized version of the snazzy pirate, Captain Jack Sparrow of Disney’s “Pirates of the Caribbean” fame. We love to watch the pirate fumble around and make a mess of everything, and we understand why: even if it’s wrong. Plus Long John Silver was a bit of a father figure: to one Jim Hawkins. And that right there, even more, makes the man known as “Silver” that much more endearing.

In Today’s World of Crime, Though, Long John Silver Would Be a Saint

Look at identity thieves, for instance. One of the top crimes in the world. Identity theft protection to this day is at the forefront of necessity, especially with the rise of the Internet and social media (did Long John Silver have a Facebook account? I think not!). All the LifeLocks, Identity Guards and other services for a lot of cloud-based credit restoration can tell you straight out that there’s no “treasure island” to be found. We, the people, are the treasure islands, and those identity thieves are our own personal Long John Silvers.

Thievery. Robbery. Breaking and entering. Larceny. That’s the world of today when it comes to stealing. Long John Silver? That’s just a man with a parrot and a dream to find the richest island never discovered. Robert Louis Stevenson must’ve had some love for the gritty pirate as he wrote the book!