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Behind the headlines: Clyde Barrow's first crime was chicken theft

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. 

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