Bonnie, whose full name was Bonnie Elizabeth Parker was born in Rowena, Texas on October 1 in 1910. Bonnie was the second out of three children, and her father who was a bricklayer named Charles, had died when Bonnie was only four years old which prompted her mother, Emma Parker, to move to West Dallas, where the whole family had to live in poverty. Bonnie was an honor roll student in her high school where she had shown a high level of skills in creative writing. Bonnie had won a contest for her literary arts skills and she had been known to also give introductory speeches for the local politicians. She was described by many as intelligent and personable as well as strong willed. Bonnie Parker was considered to be an attractive young woman whose small frame was only 4 ft 11 in tall and weighed only 90 pounds.
At the age of fifteen years old, Bonnie married Roy Thornton but their marriage was to be a short and they went their separate ways only three years latter. Roy Thornton received a 5 year prison sentence shortly after their separation in which he would not get out before Bonnie was gunned down. Bonnie and Roy had never actually been divorced and at the time of her death when she was gunned down she was still wearing his wedding ring. When Roy Thornton heard of Bonnie’s death, he attempted to escape from the, but was killed by the prison guards. Roy Thornton was quoted as saying, “I’m glad they went out like they did – it’s much better than being caught” as a response to Bonnie’s death.
Bonnie met Clyde in January of 1930 at a friend’s house in West Dallas who Bonnie had gone to help out since her friend had recently broken her arm. Bonnie eventually joined Clyde and his Barrow Gang because she fell in love with Clyde the moment they met and would continue to remain loyal Clyde throughout their crime spree as well as their inevitable deaths.