My Life with Bonnie and Clyde Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
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Bonnie and Clyde were responsible for multiple murders and countless robberies. But they did not act alone. In 1933, during their infamous run from the law, Bonnie and Clyde were joined by Clyde's brother, Buck Barrow, and his wife, Blanche. Of these four accomplices, only one, Blanche Caldwell Barrow, lived beyond early adulthood and only Blanche left behind a written account of their escapades. Edited by outlaw expert John Neal Phillips, Blanche's previously unknown memoir is here available for the first time.
Blanche wrote her memoir between 1933 and 1939, while serving time at the Missouri State Penitentiary. Following her death, Blanche's good friend and the executor of her will, Esther L. Weiser, found the memoir wrapped in a large unused Christmas card. Later she entrusted it to Phillips, who had interviewed Blanche several times before her death. Drawing from these interviews, and from extensive research into Depression-era outlaw history, Phillips supplements the memoir with helpful notes and with biographical information about Blanche and her accomplices.
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|Listening Length||7 hours and 45 minutes|
|Author||Blanche Caldwell Barrow|
|Audible.ca Release Date||August 15 2014|
|Publisher||University Press Audiobooks|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #155,013 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
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The only trouble I have with Blanches memoir is her seeming lack of remorse for the numerous people murdered and lives destroyed because of her participation. Unlike Ralph who spent his remaining years speaking and trying to dissuade others from a life of crime, Blanche did not seem to do this. Perhaps she did but it is not detailed in these memoirs. Granted her memories were written when she was young and obviously still traumatized , how could she not be, but even in others recollections of Blanche , included in this book, there is no recall of her empathy for those who were also suffering in the depression just to have this group rob them of their meagre earnings. Or worse kill them for their meagre earnings, or murdering the law enforcement trying to stop them. Many of whom were very kind to Blanche, as she herself describes after her arrest and during her incarceration. There is something about Blanche that seems to have been detached, lacking a real empathy. It is interesting that soon after her third husband dies she reconnected with the Burrow's and Billie Jean Parker, at her own initiative. She must have missed them during the years she was married? I wish the author/editor who had interviewed Blanche prior to his death addressed his thoughts on this or those who knew her well and shared memories of her had shares their opinions about her true feelings towards the crimes committed zit is addressed very briefly in none comment Blanche made in her last year.
In short a good read but I am not left with much compassion for Blanche which I thought I might have been. Yet the Sheriff who was shot by this gang , along with his son, and his wife befriended her and helped her. So did others indicating there must have been something about her that was sincere and remorseful but it doesn't come across in the memoirs. She does not come across like a hardened criminal. She just seems to lack real insight into her crimes and emotionally immature perhaps.
This book is a such of full pertinents informations about their lives. Plus, I've always been fascinated by Bonnie and Clyde but I need to confess that they're not what we're expect. Blanche, Buck's wife personally wrote what really happened while their run. More I was reading the book, and more I was felt closer to Buck and Blanche. Honestly, I would loved that these two incredible persons had their own film to honore them. They deserved so much better.
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A good read and essential background for anyone interested in Bonnie and Clyde.