Outlaws Bonnie and Clyde, who’s crimes were front page news 80 years ago, are still popular nowadays. Two of their weapons are going to be auctioned at the end of the month.
The Thompson machine gun and the Winchester hunting rifle are the two guns that will be auctioned on January 21, 2012.
They were in the possession of the grandson of the detective who participated in the raid on the house of Bonnie and Clyde in April 13, 1933.
Bonnie and Clyde were apprehended by the Police one year later in Louisiana.
“People can’t get enough of Bonnie and Clyde. We are fascinated by people who do bad things” Robert Mayo said.
However the authenticity of these weapons is contested. David Eslick from the Springfield-Greene County History Museum mentioned that the objects were not authenticated yet.
“Without a careful analysis we can’t know if these weapons were used by Bonnie and Clyde” Eslick said.
However the family of the detective who took part at the raid is convinced that the weapons are authentic because the serial number of a weapon matches the one in the Bonnie & Clyde criminal file.
Bonnie and Clyde were to American outlaws who attracted public attention between 1931 – 1934 because they robbed many banks. Furthermore, they also killed 9 police officers and multiple civilians.
Their reputation grew even bigger with the release of the movies that bares their name in 1967, a movie directed by Arthur Penn.