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Police lay trap
in Grand Prairie

Buffalo Courier-Express, November 23, 1933
GRAND PRAIRIE, Texas (AP) — Clyde Champion Barrow, notorious Dallas desperado, and his wife, Bonnie Parker, shot their way out of a police trap near Grand Prairie last night and escaped after wounding two Fort Worth men whose car they commandeered.

Sheriff R. A. Schmid of Dallas, who identified the outlaws, believes both may have been wounded in the quick exchange of shots.

The sheriff and three deputies, lying in wait in a ditch on new highway, recognized the Barrows upon the approach of their car. The officers opened fire with machine guns at the car, which was traveling about 25 miles an hour. Barrow returned the fire, said Sheriff Schmid, and speeded up.

As quickly as the sheriff’s men could reach a telephone, they communicated with Dallas and had all available officers set out to search for the pair.

Meanwhile, Paul Reich and T. R. James, attorney, driving to Fort Worth from a Scottish Rite reunion in Dallas, were wounded by a shotgun as Barrow, in his light, fast machine, sped alongside. They halted, and the Barrows took the Fort Worth men’s car and went on.

Barrow’s abandoned car was found to have been hit by thirteen bullets on the driver’s side. Its glass was shattered. Large splotches of blood were on the floor.

Clyde Barrow has been a fugitive from justice on murder, robbery and other charges for many months. He is wanted in Newton County, Missouri, for slaying two officers; at Hillsboro, Texas, in connection with the slaying of J. N. Bucher, filling station operator, and for the killing of H. D. Humphrey in Alma, Arkansas.

Poughkeepsie Eagle-News, November 27, 1933
DALLAS, Texas (AP) — Clyde Barrow, west Texas desperado, last night had vanished again and Sheriff Smoot Schmid of Dallas reported he had “nothing to say” about the search for the elusive killer who shot his way out of a trap laid by Schmid and deputies near Dallas last Thursday.

Presumably with Barrow was Bonnie Parker, his woman companion, who reputedly shoots a pistol or shotgun as well as Clyde and likes uncolored whiskey and Havana cigars. Blood in the bullet-torn coupe abandoned by Barrow and Bonnie Parker after the gun fight west of Dallas Thursday led officers to believe one or both had been wounded.

Murder charges were filed her today against W. D. Jones, 17, erstwhile confederate of the gunman, who, in a lengthy statement, charged to Barrow the killing of Doyle Johnson in Temple, Texas, last Christmas day and the fatal shooting of Deputy Sheriff Malcolm Davis in West Dallas on January 7.

Jones said he was virtually a prisoner of Barrow and the woman for nearly a year. He was arrested at Houston for the slaying of Davis.

Up north this news is overshadowed by two murders in Detroit. The victims are members of the city's infamous Purple Gang, Abe Axler, 34, and Eddie Fletcher, 33. Their bodies were found in a car parked on a lonely road near Bloomfield Hills, 23 miles from Detroit. The men were in the backseat and had been shot in the car from the inside. There are no bullet holes in the windows or the body of the car. Axler had been arrested 18 times in Detroit, New York and Brooklyn, serving time in Sing Sing and Leavenworth.

More on the trap that failed*

* The account on this page will refer to the town of Sowers, which no longer exists. What was a tiny, rural town has since been swallowed by the city of Irving. The Associated Press in the story at the top of this page, used the city of Grand Prairie, which borders Irving, to locate the trap that had been set for Bonnie and Clyde.

That story also says Barrow's middle name was Champion, which appears elsewhere, too. However, his actual middle name was Chesnut, which often is printed as Chestnut.

 
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