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Bonnie and Clyde: Behind the headlines—The limps

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In 1932, Clyde was serving a 14-year stretch in notorious Eastham prison in Texas for robbery and automobile theft. It was so brutal there (he was doing forced labor at the prison farm), he chopped off (or had chopped off) his left big toe and part of his second toe with an axe to get out on a medical discharge. He would walk with a limp for the remainder of his life. Ironically, he was released on parole just a few days later. 

As for Bonnie, she suffered terrible burns from battery acid after Clyde accidentally sped off a bridge that was under construction. He was going so fast, he missed the warning signs. The car flew off and crashed, and the acid from the fractured battery spilled onto her leg and ate down to the bone in some places. She had such a hard time walking after that, Clyde often carried her. 

In our book, Resurrection Road, Bonnie and Clyde are still dealing with these injuries when they’re forced to work on the side of the good guys.