A good bit of the commentary about The Highwaymen has focused on the idea that this new film sets the story straight, transferring the hero’s mantle to the deserving law enforcement men who brought the bandits to justice.
But what really happened was far from justice.
A little literary license to juice up a storyline isn’t particularly egregious but The Highwaymen badly misleads on three points in order to build the case that the lawmen were heroic. They weren’t. Read More
In advance of the publication of the last book in the Bonnie and Clyde series, authors Clark Hays and Kathleen McFall answer questions about Bonnie and Clyde and the origins of their alt-history series that imagines the outlaw lovers never died. Read More
From hidden marriages to Hollywood glamour shots, Bonnie and Clyde had a lot of secrets. Read More
Bonnie and Clyde seized the imagination of 1930s America with their daring criminal exploits, narrow escapes and doomed romance. But the misdeeds that turned Clyde from a hardscrabble farm boy into a notorious outlaw legend seem pretty tame in retrospect. The first brush the he had with the law was for stealing chickens. It was 1926 and, not surprisingly — given the long shadow of the Great Depression — he and his family were broke and hungry. He only got a warning though. Read More
Nothing lasts forever except true love, and tattoos. Bonnie and Clyde made plenty of mistakes in their short lives (she died at 24, he at 25) but misguided tattoos were somewhere near the top of the list. Read More
Edward Ruckley seemed to be having a pretty good day.
He was drinking an iced coffee in the park, a woman beside him on the bench. It was sunny, but not hot, and they were laughing about something. Or least smiling while they talked. Basically laughing.
Huron was watching them through a tiny pair of powerful binoculars from the safety of his car. He reached for his tablet and flipped through the files. Read More
Hanford is located just a few hundred miles from our home in Portland, and they offer public tours throughout the summer. The tours book up quickly. Interest is high. This summer, Kathleen and I finally made it onto the list and we had the opportunity spend a day on a bus touring the Hanford Nuclear Complex. No one is allowed to take photos. Apparently, the disposal of nuclear waste is just as sensitive as the process of nuclear enrichment. Read More
Bonnie Parker was born Oct. 1 (that makes her a Libra), in 1910, in Rowena, Texas. She didn’t have an easy early life, but she had big dreams. Read More
The legend of Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow is fueled in part by the passion they had for each other, but Bonnie was legally married to another man the entire time. Read More
Here’s a morbid little story about Bonnie and Clyde: they met, and briefly kidnapped, their own undertaker almost a year before they were killed. Read More