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Bonnie Elizabeth Parker was born in Rowena, Texas (south of Abilene and southwest of Dallas), the second of three children. Her father, Charles Robert Parker (1884–1914), was a bricklayer who died when Bonnie was four.[8] Her mother, Emma (Krause) Parker (1885–1944) moved her family to her parents’ home in Cement City, an industrial suburb now known as West Dallas, where she worked as a seamstress.[9] As an adult, Bonnie found expression writing poems such as “The Story of Suicide Sal”[10] and “The Trail’s End” (known since as “The Story of Bonnie and Clyde”[11]).

In her second year in high school, Parker met Roy Thornton. They dropped out of school and were married on September 25, 1926, six days before her 16th birthday.[12] Their marriage, marked by his frequent absences and brushes with the law, was short-lived. After January 1929, their paths never crossed again; however, they never divorced, and Bonnie was wearing Thornton’s wedding ring when she died.[13] Thornton was still in prison when he heard of her death. He commented, “I’m glad they went out like they did. It’s much better than being caught.”[14]

In 1929, after the breakdown of her marriage, Parker lived with her mother and worked as a waitress in Dallas. One of her regular customers in the café was postal worker Ted Hinton, who was to join the Dallas Sheriff’s Department in 1932. As a posse member in 1934, he would participate in her ambush.[15] In the diary she kept briefly early in 1929, Parker wrote of her loneliness, her impatience with life in provincial Dallas, and her love of talking pictures

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