Born Clyde Chestnut Barrow
March 24, 1909(1909-03-24)
Ellis County, Texas
Died May 23, 1934 (aged 25)
Bienville Parish, Louisiana
Clyde whose full name was Clyde Chestnut Barrow was born in Ellis County, Texas in March of 1909. Clyde was the fifth out of either seven or eight siblings and was raised in a poor farming family. Clyde’s first arrest was towards the end of 1926 when he failed to return a rental car on time. The police confronted Clyde on the missing rental car and so he had attempted to flee but was latter caught. In Clyde Barrow’s second arrest he had a new associate to his crimes, his brother Buck Barrow, who had helped Clyde steal some turkeys in which they were both caught an charged with the possession of stolen goods.
At the start of his criminal career, Clyde Barrow was a fairly legit person, who had actively held down two separate jobs and despite his first two arrests, he was still considered to have acted without any criminal intent. Starting his early criminal career in 1927 or 1929, Clyde Barrow had been known to crack safes, burglarize stores, as well as steal cars, but although he is primarily known for robbing banks, he had actually preferred the smaller jobs such as robbing a grocery store as well as gas stations. Clyde had only robbed 10 or 15 banks during his criminal career, but had robbed over 100 grocery stores and filling stations. Although Clyde was not only a criminal but a murderer as well, he felt guilt about killing people as his main goal in his crimes were not that of fame or fortune, but that of revenge. Clyde Barrow was believed to have been ill treated during his first arrest and imprisonment that he had to seek revenge against the Texas
legal system as a means of receiving retribution for their acts. This revenge seemed to have worked as he was not able to be brought in alive and instead went out in a large display made by a group of Dillinger carrying federal agents.