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Charles "Pretty Boy" Floyd Biography

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Pretty Boy Floyd was an American bank robber who hated his nickname. Read about his adventures and exploits at Biography.com.
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Letter of an outlaw

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Dear Mama,

 

            I’m sure you heard about what I’m doing by now, and I’m sure you are not the proudest mother in the world right now. But I’m just writing you to check up on you to see how things are going back at home in Kansas City the last time I was there I couldn’t enjoy it, because Pretty Boy Floyd always has me in some type of mess. How’s my little brother doing I hope he hasn’t figured out about me being the criminal that I am. Last week One Eyed Willy and me were passing through a Hoover Ville Up in New York were I found another partner in crime 2 Teeth Tony he helped us on this bank job that was near the Hoover Ville we found him in. That situation got really messy I’ll spear you the details. But I hear the stock market has crashed, so I guess that means you lost everything you own I told you not to invest into it. Nothing but bad could happen from. No worries though, ill be passing back through home next month right now I’m handling some things in Chicago right now. But once I get you I have a lot of cash lined up for you and Marlon. I hope you except it because the main reason I’m doing everything that I’m doing is cause I wanted to be able to get you and my baby brother through the hard times of the depression. But have you checked up on grandma and grandpa Whitaker you I heard this whole dust bowl thing is getting completely out of hand, I hope they are alright. I also met this hobo that rides the rails that told me about this new thing called the hoover dam I’m not too sure on what it is yet. I heard that it’s supposed to be helping out local communities and generating power for them or something like that I’m not too sure. While on my way to Chicago I ran into some sort of bonus Army protest. They really are serious about what they want. I wonder why the cost of goods are going up its making it hard for people to be able to get the basic necessities of life. See I’m not committing these crimes because I am a bad person I’m just doing what I have to do to survive these hard times in America. Now I know I can’t justify me killing all of those people, but I’m willing to do whatever it takes to help myself live comfortably. The people I killed were people that were getting in the way of what I had to do to survive, which resulted in me have to kill them. But most likely the people that I have killed over time were trying to kill me so that was just another way for me to continue on living. I know it sounds heartless and cold-blooded but just think about if you were in the same exact position that I am in or the same position that I have been in. When I first decided to start be a criminal bank robber, my intensions were never ever to hurt people but I’m just guessing that comes along with the lifestyle. I mean the first time I ever robbed a bank, I remember it like it was yesterday cousin Billy convinced me into doing it, he had a few Okie friends who were going through tough times so they left California with the idea of robbing this small bank in Topeka Kansas. It sounded like the greatest plan you could ever think of but as you know things don’t go as planned. We went into the bank with guns already out we wanted to get in and get out so we didn’t waste any time we walked up to every teller window and put our .38 revolver pistols to the bank tellers heads and demanded all the money. But we had no idea that they had secret police in there they pulled their guns on us so it ended in a gun battle leaving the two Okies dead me and Billy escaped with the money but, we also left their with 3 murders with the blame on us. That’s the whole reason why I am gone away from home now. I want to be able to put up enough money or you and Marlon. Now I’m on the run I know you have seen my wanted posters they are up everywhere but I’m going to do what ever it takes to get this money back to you. So anyway mama I love you I will speak to you when I get to town but for now love you be safe and tell Marlon I love him too.

                                    Sincerely,

                                    Your Son 2Gunn Messy Marv

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Bonnie Parker's poems

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In another poem written by Bonnie Parker that she named “The Street Girl” her first line is “ You don’t want to marry me, Honey, though just to hear you ask me is so sweet, if you did you’d regret it tomorrow, For I’m only a girl from the street”. In this line of poetry I get the impression that she feels that she is the girl from the street that doesn’t deserve to be happy, like she doesn’t deserve anything good out of life. I also think that she believes that a girl from the street can be nothing but bad for any one, and doesn’t want to mess up the one she loves life. But then again I think she is also referring to her self and Clyde. She doesn’t want to be married because she knows the lifestyle her and Clyde live could lead to either one of them dying or being in jail. Which wouldn’t be good. This is a very deep poem in my opinion because she’s really trying to express her real feelings and wants you to see things from her point of view.  But I disagree I feel that everyone should have a shot at true love and trying to make it work.

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Bonnie Parker's poems

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The infamous american criminal Bonnie Parker wrote poetry. In a poem written by Bonnie Parker called "The Trails End" she refered to another well known criminal Jesse James, saying that if hearing his story wasn't enough for you here is the story of Bonnie and Clyde. In the poem she also mentioned some of the criminal activity they participated in "Now Bonnie and Clyde are the Barrow gang I'm sure you all have read. how they rob and steal; and those who squeal, are usually found dying or dead". She also says that there is some untruth in the story told about Bonnie and Clyde. Bonnie says later on in the poem "I say this with pride that I once knew Clyde, when he was honest and upright and clean". I think that she is trying to justify what her and Clyde did by bringing up how great of people they were by talking about life before her and Clyde were living a life of crime. I think she sounds crazy because she said that people try to veiw them as cold blooded and heartless, when thats exactly what they were.

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Vocab

10 vocab words 

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10 Vocab Words

 

Sleuth-A detective.

A sleuth had to investigate a murder.

Mystery-Something that is difficult or impossible to understand or explain.

It was a mystery on who committed the murder.

Investigation- The action of investigating something or someone; formal or systematic examination or research.

The investigation took way longer than expected.

Bureau- an office or department for transacting particular business.

The news bureau main article for tomorrow is about the murder that took place earlier. 

Paramour- Lover, esp. the illicit partner of a married person.

It is difficult to get the trust of your paramour back after it is lost.

Abandoned- having been deserted or cast off.

While walking down the street I seen hobos living in this abandoned house

Indicated- point out; show.

He didn’t get the hint when I indicated he should go take a shower before we went to the movies.

Revealed- make (previously unknown or secret information) known to others.

It was revealed that Barry Bonds had been taking steroids to increase his baseball performance.

Obtained- get, acquire, or secure (something).

I obtained the safety of my children.

Prescription-an instruction written by a medical practitioner that authorizes a patient to be provided a medicine or treatment.

I need to pick up my prescription from Wal-greens after work today. 

 

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Kansas City MO crime rates and statistics - NeighborhoodScout

Kansas City MO crime rates and statistics - NeighborhoodScout | 1930's Crime | Scoop.it
Detailed crime rates and statistics information from neighborhoods within Kansas City, MO.
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Bonnie Parker's poems

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Bonnie wrote plenty of poems she wrote a poem called “Suicide Sal” she brings up the fact that everybody has an excuse for why they are in jail but few are justified. She says, “Still you can't always judge the story as true, being told by her”. What I interpret from that is she is saying that you shouldn’t judge someone or something off what you hear about them. Which also lead over to just because a person lands in jail they’re not a bad person, they just made bad choices that affected their lives. But in this poem by Bonnie Parker she is just simply explaining a story that was told to her.

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Charles "Pretty Boy" Floyd Biography

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Pretty Boy Floyd was an American bank robber who hated his nickname. Read about his adventures and exploits at Biography.com.
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Cali cartel brothers plead guilty to U.S drug charges - Americas - International Herald Tribune - The New York Times

Cali cartel brothers plead guilty to U.S drug charges - Americas - International Herald Tribune - The New York Times | 1930's Crime | Scoop.it
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Burglar's mystery death solved

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An Australian sleuth solves the mystery of why a museum mugshot of a 1930s crook was marked with the words "died in action".
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Bonnie and Clyde - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Bonnie Elizabeth Parker (October 1, 1910 – May 23, 1934) and Clyde Chestnut Barrow (March 24, 1909 – May 23, 1934) were well-known outlaws, robbers, and criminals who traveled the Central United States with their gang during the Great Depression. The "Barrow Gang" included at times Buck Barrow, Blanche Barrow, Raymond Hamilton, W.D. Jones, Joe Palmer, Ralph Fults, and Henry Methvin. Their exploits captured the attention of the American public during the "public enemy era" between 1931 and 1934. Though known today for his dozen-or-so bank robberies, Barrow in fact preferred to rob small stores or rural gas stations. The gang is believed to have killed at least nine police officers and committed several civilian murders. The couple themselves were eventually ambushed and killed in Louisiana by law officers. Their reputation was cemented in American pop folklore by Arthur Penn's 1967 film Bonnie and Clyde.[1]

Even during their lifetimes, the couple's depiction in the press was at considerable odds with the hardscrabble reality of their life on the road—particularly in the case of Parker. Though she was present at a hundred or more felonies during her two years as Barrow's companion,[2] she was not the machine gun-wielding cartoon killer portrayed in the newspapers, newsreels, and pulp detective magazines of the day. Gang member W. D. Jones was unsure whether he had ever seen her fire at officers.[3][4] Parker's reputation as a cigar-smoking gun moll grew out of a playful snapshot found by police at an abandoned hideout, released to the press, and published nationwide; while she did chain-smoke Camel cigarettes, she was not a cigar smoker.[5]

Author-historian Jeff Guinn explains that it was the release of these very photos that put the outlaws on the media map and launched their legend: "John Dillinger had matinee-idol good looks and Pretty Boy Floyd had the best possible nickname, but the Joplin photos introduced new criminal superstars with the most titillating trademark of all—illicit sex. Clyde Barrow and Bonnie Parker were wild and young, and supposedly slept together. Without Bonnie, the media outside Texas might have dismissed Clyde as a gun-toting punk, if it ever considered him at all. With her sassy photographs, Bonnie supplied the sex-appeal, the oomph, that allowed the two of them to transcend the small-scale thefts and needless killings that actually comprised their criminal careers."[6]

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