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Bonnie and Clyde
Transcript of Bonnie and Clyde
Rational Choice Theory
Bonnie and Clyde committed these crimes in search of their own personal pleasure.
They both chose, of their own free will, to act on their impulses
Neither were forced to commit the violent crimes they did
They found enjoyment in committing crimes
Social Learning Theory
Social learning theory states that people commit crimes due to the people they choose to associate with. If they involve themselves with criminals, they are likely to become criminals themselves.
Rational Choice Theory
Rational choice theory "hold(s) that people freely choose their behavior and are motivated by the avoidance of pain and the pursuit of pleasure” (Youth Violence).
There are many different theories as to why Bonnie and Clyde committed crimes and escalated to the level they did. It's hard to determine why exactly they committed their henious crime since their spree ended in their deaths, however, there are speculations.
Social Learning Theory
Before Bonnie met Clyde, she was married to a man who was incarcerated for homicide.
She chose to become involved with Clyde after meeting him through a friend.
She chose to have criminal associations and she was never forced into committing any crimes she did not want to.
Strain theory states that when people fail to be successful in conventional and legal ways, they turn to the other routes. They turn to illegal methods of success, gratification, and satisfaction.
Bonnie and Clyde grew up during the Great Depression.
It was a time when it was almost impossible for the average man and woman to acheive success and wealth.
They assumed/knew that they would not be likely to be successful (coming from small, farm-town backgrounds).
They found a criminal route which allowed them to feel successful and powerful
Social Disorganization Theory
The environment in which an individual lives can be the cause of their criminal behavior.
The Lifestyle Theory- individuals place themselves in harm’s way by their lifestyle choices:
What they could have done:
- Better job of informing the public about the issue; community involvement
- Longer time spent in jail
- Better technology
Bonnie Elizabeth Parker
Born in Rowena, Texas on October 1, 1910
Second of three children.
Father was a Bricklayer, who passed when she was four.
Mother moved them to Cement City to her parent’s house.
Met Roy Thornton in her second year of high school.
Both decided to drop out of school and were married on September 25, 1926.
During their marriage Roy was constantly absent due to problems he would run into the law.
After January of 1929 they both went their separate ways.
After they split, Bonnie was once again living with her mother and began working as a waitress in Dallas.
Ted Hilton was was one of her regular customer’s while she worked here.
Clyde Chestnut Barrow
March 24, 1909
Ellis Country, Texas
Fifth of seven Children
Family was not very wealthy.
Spent their first months in West Dallas living under their wagon.
Moved to a tent, which was a significant improvement.
First arrest in late 1926 due to a rental car.
Second arrest was due to stolen goods.
Barrow was employed from 1927 through 1929 but he also cracked safes, robbed stores, and stole cars.
Eastern Prison Farm in April of 1930.
Killed his first victim.
The Encounter of Bonnie and Clyde
Bonnie and Clyde met in Texas, 1930.
Bonnie was assisting a female friend with a broken arm.
Clyde dropped by.
Both were smitten immediately.
Sometime after April, Ralph Fults and Clyde Barrow began a series of small robberies, mainly of stores and gas stations.
On April 19, Bonnie and Fults failed in a burglary of a hardware store, where they intended to take guns, both were arrested.
Parker was in jail until June 17.
Meanwhile Barrow continued his crime spree and managed to kill another victim.
First time they killed a lawman was on August 5, in Dallas, Texas in a parking lot, the deputy approached Clyde and Raymond Hamilton where they opened fire, killing the deputy.
Total number of murders from the gang since April was five.
1933: The Barrow Gang’s Short Housing
Buck Barrow tried persuading Clyde to surrender on March 22.
They were staying in a garage apartment.
General suspicion and conspicuous behavior led to their next brush with the law.
Clyde and the Barrow gang killed a detective
On June 10, Barrow missed warning signs at a bridge under construction and flipped there car into a ravine.
June a Marshall was killed in a shootout.
July 23, a posse surrounds the Barrow Gang in an Iowa Park. Bonnie and Jones are wounded, yet manage to escape.
1934: Final Run
January 16, Bonnie and Clyde free a gang member from Eastham Prison Farm, costing a prison guard’s life.
April 1, on Easter Sunday killed two Texas highway officers near Grapevine
April 6, gang members kill one law officer and take one captive in Oklahoma.
Bonnie and Clyde's Death
May 23, 1934
Ambushed and killed on a rural road in Louisiana.