Missouri and Ozarks History

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I'm a freelance writer specializing in the history of the Ozarks and surrounding region. I've written sixteen nonfiction books, two historical novels, and numerous articles. My latest books are Wicked Women of Missouri, Yanked Into Eternity: Lynchings and Hangings in Missouri, and Show-Me Atrocities: Infamous Incidents in Missouri History.

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Bonnie and Clyde Again

One of my posts a few weeks ago had to do with the Barrow gang's murder of the marshal of Alma, Arkansas, in June of 1933 a couple of months after the infamous shootout in Joplin. The gang made several other forays into the Ozarks, too, besides the Joplin shootout and the killing of the Alma marshal.
One occurred on January 26, 1933, a couple of months before the Joplin shootout, when the gang kidnapped Springfield motorcycle cop Thomas Persell near the Shrine Mosque, after Persell pulled their car over for suspicious activity around 6 p.m. The occupants (Clyde Barrow, Bonnie Parker, and W. D. Jones) forced Persell into the car and headed out of town. With Persell piloting them along the unfamiliar roads, the gang headed north on Highway 65, turned off near Crystal Cave, and drove west through towns like Pleasant Hope, Greenfield, and Golden City. Once the gang reached the Joplin area, they seemed to be back in familiar territory, and they finally let their hostage out unharmed north of Joplin near Stone's Corner shortly after midnight.



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